Families are always being pulled in different directions. We get up daily for work, go to school, engage in sports, each responsibility shaping and changing us. It is surprisingly easy to be drawn apart. That is why it is so important for us to find ways to manage unity. We’re not talking about eating together, game nights or a vacation. We’re talking about spending time together devoted to the the service of the community.
Doing good in service to others promotes personal satisfaction and pride. It reminds people of all ages how we impact our communities. Most importantly, doing it as a family strengthens our bonds. In that regard, here are four ways your family can help the community and enjoy the benefits of doing good as a family unit.
4 Ways Your Family can Volunteer to Help the Community
Make Children in the Hospital Gifts
Create home made gifts that can be given away at the hospital. No time for crafting at home? Shop to create gift bags for the sick children. You can even call a local hospital and ask about children there and what they might need. This can be a great way to spend time with your family and help those in need.
Be Good to Your Neighbors
Not all volunteer work has to be done through an official organization. If you have neighbors that could use a helping hand, don’t wait to be asked. Bake a cake or some cookies for a neighbor and take them over. You could also check on a senior member of the community, bring them a surprise meal, put out their garbage or just give them someone to talk with for a moment. It’s a great way to build friendships and remind children their neighbors are important.
Attend Local Nonprofit Festivals and Events
Many nonprofit organizations depend on participation and donations to maintain their operations. While volunteering to help can be great, attendance is just as important. Sponsors look at attendance numbers which can influence future sponsorship. Your family’s attendance adds to rosters and helps nonprofits with their revenue and good work.
Encourage Your Children to Care
Consistently talk to your children about being strong members of their communities. Promote the strength of a good education. Our greatest contribution to the future will be showing our children what they are capable of.
Overall, serving the community as a family will bring every member closer together. Find out what your family can do by contacting a local recreation center, church or school.
Thanks to Kara Masterson for this post. She is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara recommends getting an online public administration degree as just one way to really make a difference.