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    Community Volunteerism

    During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help others in need.  If your family’s time is limited, consider just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).

    Why should your family lend a helping hand?

    • It feels good

    • It strengthens your community

    • It can strengthen your identity as a family

    What can children learn from volunteering?

    • A sense of responsibility- children learn about commitment, to be on time, do their best, and be proud of the results.

    • One person, one family can make a difference- children learn that they and their family can have an impact on someone or something else.

    • The benefits of sacrifice- children learn that there are important things besides themselves.

    • Cooperation and unity- children learn that working together as a family can unite the family and that two heads are better than one.

    • Job skills- children learn about fields that may help them decide on future careers.

    • How to fill idle time wisely- children learn to use time to help others.


    Ultimately, children learn that we’re all responsible for the well-being of our communities.  Whatever community service you choose, your community and your family will benefit.