Volunteer! Getting Your Child and Family Involved
Volunteering as a Family
Volunteering as a family can help strengthen your family and bring you closer together. It’s also a great way to introduce your children to the benefits of giving back to their community and will teach them values such as respect and kindness. And, you’ll have fun! Whether your family chooses to help build a playground or a house, clean up a local park, or volunteer on your next family vacation, you’ll be surprised by what you can do and by the positive impact you will have on your community.
Here are a few ideas, but don't feel feel limited by this list. What is your family interested in? How can you give back to your community while pursuing your interests?
|Join others in a Habitat for Humanity
build. All levels of construction experience are welcome and
needed, including novices. Visit www.habitat.org to find out
how your family can make another family’s dream of homeownership
|Volunteer as a family to collect food
and re-stock the shelves of your local food bank. Ask another
family to join you. To find more ways to help, go to www.secondharvest.com.
|Participate in your local Meals on
Wheels program as a family. Click here to find the closest program to your home.
|Join the KaBOOM! team in building a playground for kids. Be a part of a one-day playground build that will bring joy to kids for years to come. Visit www.kaboom.org for dates and cities of upcoming KaBOOM! builds.|
Finding a Service Project For You or Your Child
You can find a service project for you or your child by contacting your local volunteer center, library, place of worship, senior center, police or fire stations, park service, or Citizen Corps council. Additionally, you can search for volunteer opportunities through the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network at www.usafreedomcorps.gov. The USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network is the largest on-line clearing house of volunteer opportunities ever created.
Reprinted with the permission of the USA Freedom Corps.
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