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Get Kids Volunteering! Why and How to Make a Difference (page 2)

Get Kids Volunteering! Why and How to Make a Difference

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Updated on Nov 18, 2008

Buckhalt believes having children do something constructive is helpful. “Everyone feels helpless in the face of tragedy, and doing anything, making a contribution, writing a condolence card, discussing how some (but not all) tragedies can be prevented, are all helpful.”

There are endless ways parents can get their children involved in efforts to help others. Collecting toys and clothing to give to Goodwill is routine for many families, and a valid starting point to contributing. Research suggests, though, that parents should encourage their children to accompany them to Goodwill or the hospital and take part in distributing the items. It’s important for children to be hands-on and to get a visual of how their contributions affect others.

Kathy Saulitis says hands-on service projects are important for children. “Volunteering is a hands-on way for children to learn the values of kindness, compassion, tolerance, community responsibility, and good citizenship.”

Want some ideas to get started? The following organizations provide an excellent resource for parents looking to help their children make a difference:

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