Community groups are an ideal way to introduce the act of volunteering to your child and most communities play host to various charities or groups that rely heavily on volunteers including foods banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and senior's homes. One of the most important aspects to successfully introduce volunteering to your child is to make it a family initiative and get involved yourself.
A simple start is to put together a food box for your local food bank and bring your child with you to the drop off centre. Often, children who have never been touched by poverty or homelessness are unable to grasp the concept that some families are in need of food; through a child's eyes food is readily available at the local grocery store. When a child participates in the entire cycle, they are able to form a correlation between the gathering and packing of the food and the end user.
Many food banks need more volunteers during the Christmas season to help sort food received from the holiday food drive; this act can be especially gratifying when a child realizes the part in which they contributed to the processing of donated food for the less fortunate.
Although it is often perceived the need for volunteerism is greater during the holidays, poverty and homelessness never goes away so consider making volunteering a part of your family life by setting aside an hour or two each month to volunteer and get the whole family involved.
Many worthy organizations are always recruiting volunteers to contribute to their causes:
An early start in volunteering teaches children and youth that they can make a difference through their actions and often equates to a lifetime of giving of oneself.
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