If you haven't volunteered your time in your community before, there's no time like the present. For moms looking to enrich their lives as individuals and as parents, there's no better kind of organization to give your time to than one that benefits kids.
Volunteering in schools is an obvious way to volunteer time in your community, and yes, the schools need you. But there are other organizations that benefit kids that could use your skills and time, too:
Sometimes there are specific projects and goals in your community that could use a burst of effort and leadership. Perhaps there's an effort to build a playground that is fully accessible by special needs kids. Perhaps the high school robotics team needs help procuring supplies for and getting to a national competition. Perhaps it's an effort to get kids to wear helmets while biking and skateboarding. No matter the project, it could use your help -- and you'd likely meet some terrific people while volunteering.
According to a survey by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 1.6 million more people volunteered in their communities in 2009 than in the previous year, including 1.2 million more women. That's an impressive number! But, as always, there is more to be done. Volunteering doesn't only benefit the organization in receipt of your time, it benefits you and your family. It builds and expands the positive example-based village in which you raise your children. We could all use more of that!
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