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Volunteer as a Family

Today, families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. Research has shown that volunteering as a family:
  • Helps families learn about social issues and provides a new perspective on the world
  • Provides positive role models and passes on family values to children
  • Provides new learning experiences and development of new skills for both children and adults
  • Provides quality time for the family to spend together
  • Increases interpersonal communication and the problem-solving abilities of family members
  • Helps youth decide what they want to do with their life

Why Children Should Volunteer

Kids have fun when they volunteer, but volunteering also:
  • Enhances development — Volunteering can benefit a child's psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills. It also provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.
  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle and choices — Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
  • Teaches social responsibility — Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
  • Creates a lifelong ethic of service — Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
  • Improves the community — Volunteer activities are essential for advancing the common good, and children can be part of the change.

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