Now is the time of year that parents are thinking about how to keep their kids active, engaged, and learning over the summer. Have you considered getting your kids involved in volunteering opportunities?
Check out volunteermatch.org, a website that matches where you live, what types of activities you would like to engage in, and what opportunities are in your area.
Another interesting site to check out is volunteeringinamerica.gov. This shows the layout of the United States including the demographics of who volunteers (parents are high on the list), what types of volunteering people tend to do most (e.g., fundraising, delivering needed supplies), and what states in the USA top of the list of individuals volunteering in their community.
And how about Volunteers of America. They were formed in 1896 and continue strong today.
According to their website:
Volunteers of America helps more than 2.5 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through programs that are staffed by full-time, paid professionals who have adopted this same ideal of service as their full-time mission. However, that does not mean that we do not also depend on an army of modern-day "volunteers" who offer their free time to support our volunteer programs nationwide. In fact, in 2012 nearly 60,000 volunteers devoted more than one million hours to hundreds of Volunteers of America programs and activities nationwide--and we can always use more volunteers!
How have you taught your children to give back to the community?