Today is Family Volunteer Day! So what does that mean for you and your family? This time of year is perfect for showing children that giving can be as good as receiving. Many communities have organizations which are in need of goods or services that you can offer. It can be as simple as giving food to the local food bank, or taking part in a coat or toy drive. The best gift you can give your children is to teach them to be giving themselves.
Locally, agencies like The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Richland County’s Chapter of the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the Mary McLeod-Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center (MBIE), and the United Way of Richland County all offer opportunities to volunteer in our own community. While many of these positions are not appropriate for children, it can be beneficial for your children to see you volunteering.
Chances are, you’ll be able to find something for your family when you consider the numerous nursing homes, after-school organizations, food banks, churches, and social services that rely on the help of volunteers. Even little things like making blankets, donating toys, writing letters to servicemen and women, helping a neighbor, or reading to the elderly can go a long way toward helping the community and strengthening your children!
More from the Web
- Learn where you can help with the online Children’s Volunteering Resource Guide or Raising Children Who Care: Volunteering Ideas for Kids webpage.
- For more good ideas, check out PBS Kids’ Family Guide to Volunteering.
- Find even more practical Volunteer Ideas for Kids.