Are you trying to come up with some fun and valuable things that you can do with your family? Family volunteering is always worthwhile. It’s a great way to give back to your community, to bond with your spouse and kids, and to show your children the value of doing good things for others. If you’re thinking of volunteering with your family, we encourage you to consider these tips.
You Don’t Have to Wait for the Holidays
First of all, family volunteering around the holidays can be wonderful, but you really don’t have to wait until the holiday season at the end of the year to give back. Charitable organizations work to improve people’s lives and help them through hard times throughout the year, and they can use your help at times when others won’t think of volunteering.
In fact, volunteering in the spring, summer, and fall can sometimes be even more rewarding than volunteering during the holidays. At these times, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and make friends with other volunteers without feeling crowded as you work together to help your favorite local charity.
Get the Kids Involved in Picking a Non-Profit
If you want your family volunteering experience to be truly special, no matter what time of year it is, get your kids involved. You might be surprised at which organizations they’re most interested in and which volunteer opportunities they want to do. That doesn’t mean that you have to let your kids make all of your volunteering decisions, but giving them a choice makes them feel like they’re really a part of the whole process, which will make them feel more connected to the experience of giving back.
Some Great Options for Volunteering
While volunteering in a soup kitchen is a wonderful way to give back to people who are in need, it’s not the only option available to you. In fact, there are quite a number of really great family volunteering opportunities that you might want to consider.
For example, if you want to give back in a way that you can see every day, consider a community clean-up project. With Habitat for Humanity, you could see the fruits of your labor at the end of the day when you and your family have built a house for a family to live in. If there’s a community kitchen or pantry in your town, you could volunteer packing food there and helping people feed their families. Love animals? Volunteer at your local Humane Society or another animal shelter.
Look for Local and National Organizations for Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society, there are numerous non-profit organizations and charities on both local and national levels where you can find volunteer opportunities for your family. In Atlanta, for example, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has options for volunteering at the children’s hospital. If you look online, you’re likely to find similar opportunities in your own town or city.
Every community has non-profits and charities that need help from volunteers all year-round. You can find many of them through national sites like the National Council of Non-Profits or VolunteerMatch, or you can search online for the kinds of organizations that you most want to volunteer for.
Now you have a few good tips for getting yourself and your family involved in volunteering for a non-profit in your area. Visit your favorite non-profit’s website today and see what kinds of volunteer opportunities they have available right now. Then call them to see how you can help. Get involved and you can make the world a better place today!