Back-to-school can be a busy time for families, filled with homework, sports practices, school plays, and other extracurricular activities. However, it’s important to remember the role that volunteer service can play in your child’s development. Volunteering together as a family helps kids learn that they can make a positive difference through service to others.
Volunteering together as a family helps kids learn that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others – and that feels downright inspiring and good. Family service also cultivates empathy and helps children learn to recognize their personal good fortune and blessings. Volunteering together fosters positive communication and strengthens bonds in ways no other activity can. As an added holiday bonus, family memories and traditions made while volunteering together will last long after their shiny new toys have passed into recycle bins.
Today’s guest post comes from Melissa Hirsch, Volunteer and Youth Programs Coordinator at HandsOn Broward, a HandsOn Network Action Center in South Florida. Through a partnership with generationOn, HandsOn Broward uses Kids Care Club as a primary method to introduce service to kids. In addition to managing Kids Care Club locally, Melissa developed and launched HandsOn Broward’s first Youth Leadership Academy for teens 13-17 years-old. As a teen, Melissa was one of the first Youth Project Leaders through HandsOn Broward.