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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. There are many benefits for families that volunteer.
 
Research has shown that volunteering as a family:

Helps families learn about social issues
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

Planning

  • There are a variety of issues for your family to consider before making the commitment to volunteer together.

  • Your family may want to start slowly. Consider a one-time or short-term volunteer activity before making a long-term commitment.

  • Consider doing your volunteer activity with other family groups (PTAs, religious organizations, neighbors or workplace groups).

  • Consider everyone’s busy schedule when volunteering as a family. You may decide to volunteer individually at different times.

  • If volunteering with children, ask about any issues related to their needs or safety concerns.

During and after the volunteer project

  • Take responsibility for supervising your children. Their experience and that of anyone working with you will be more positive if everyone is focused on the work to be done.

  • Talk openly about your experiences on the drive home, during meals or whenever your family has time together. Both adults and children will benefit from the opportunity to discuss everyone’s reactions to the volunteer activities.

  • Let your volunteer coordinator know if your family has any special concerns or problems, and discuss how you can work together for a satisfactory solution. Share your positive experiences, too!

  • Keep a journal with photos and stories of your family’s volunteer activities. Share the journal with relatives, co-workers and friends.

  • Have fun! It is not only allowed, but it should be a requirement!


Be proud of what your family has accomplished. Your family’s self-esteem will continue to climb as you move on to future projects.

Click here to access the adult volunteer directory or youth volunteer directory to find an opportunity that fits your interest, and then go out and make a difference in your community.
 

 
 

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