The fall and winter holidays are a time for reconnecting with families; why not take the quality time to a whole new level by volunteering together? Family volunteering can actually improve communication and bonds among family members as they get to know each other in a new way, and discover hidden talents and common interests.
United Way is on a mission to engage one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. Why not pledge as a family to get involved before the year runs out? Or Contact your local United Way to find volunteer opportunities during National Family Week (Nov. 22-28) or over the Thanksgiving Holidyay.
Family volunteering teaches positive values to children and can help create a new generation of dedicated volunteers and engaged citizens. Volunteering as a child or youth increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning, and helps kids develop new social skills. Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors and can develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
So think about the difference your family can make during the holiday season. It is not too late to make a difference in 2011.