Volunteer as a Family
To volunteer as a family is a powerful, practical way to assist those with in your own community. Volunteering with your family can also be a rewarding experience. While building strong values in your family, it will also build strong foundations in the community in which you live. It provides opportunities for your children to learn about kindness, sharing, compassion, and understanding. Volunteering in all its forms is a way to encourage each other to take part in the development of your community.
It is ultimate expression of human relationships. Volunteerism leads to being highly engaged individual, improved relationship skills, and increased self-confidence in your power to influence change. It is so exciting that dedicating time to help others can influence many lives including our own.
Recently I had the joy to volunteer (as a baker) with Birthday Dreams a non-profit in Renton, WA birthdaydreams.org serving the children and families of Seattle’s homeless population. There are so many facets that are not thought of when volunteering comes to mind. For example in order for this one small organization to run they need office support staff, accountants, marketers, graphic design, party planners, people to run inventory, drivers, bakers, board members, people to purchase and donate supplies and gift, and so much more. Whatever your gift is there is a volunteer opportunity out there for you and your family.
As you can see from my donations nothing needs to be perfect, just filled with love and goodwill for our neighbors.
I challenge you to start with just one day a year with your family.
Here are some resources to find volunteer opportunities near you and your family:
for tech volunteers: thecommunitycorps.org/
if you are in the Seattle area: birthdaydreams.org
If you live in a remote area you can call these places to see if they need assistance: shelters, food shelf/pantries, sheriffs offices, pet sanctuaries, community gardens, senior centers, hospitals, schools, and churches.
Happy volunteers, create happy hearts!