Volunteering For Families
The importance of the family unit in creating and maintaining society cannot be underestimated.
Parents are the role models in the family and their actions set the standard around civic engagement and community responsibility. It is within the family unit that one learns how to become a citizen.
“Any group of two or more people that consider themselves to be a family: parents, children, siblings, foster parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and any others who consider themselves a family.”
Volunteering together as a family unites parents and siblings in a common activity, which leads to healthier relationships and creates lasting memories. Organizations benefit, too, both from the immediate help of extra hands and by building ties to the next generation of volunteers.
Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you’ll show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people and animals and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.
Visit seniors, take care of animals, community clean up days, food banks, and special events all lend themselves to a family volunteering opportunity.
For more ideas and information, please contact the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence – Rideau Serving Leeds & Grenville.