By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Do you want to make a difference in your community? Volunteer! Research reveals that both kids and adults benefit from volunteering:
Ideas for getting started:
The organization Doing Good Together focuses on ways that families can volunteer together. Be sure to sign up for their monthly e-mail newsletters which include one simple family volunteer activity that you can do at home with your family.
I’ve discovered that when I volunteer with my kids, they become much more aware of the social issues around them. One of my kids has become an environmental activist. My other kid has become a humanitarian, promoting the equal rights of all people. I believe that doing family volunteer activities has shown them that they can make a difference because through these activities they do make a difference.
Tell Us:----> How do you volunteer? Share a story, idea, or resource!_________________________________________________________________________ Sources:
1. Jenny Friedman and Jolene Roehlkepartain, Doing Good Together: 101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools, and Communities (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2010).
2. Serving Others, ParentFurther.
3. Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, ParentFurther.