Tips for Raising Caring Kids through Volunteerism

The holidays provide a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and electronics and connect as a family together through volunteerism. Start off your holiday season and volunteer through our website. A perfect project to get you and your family in the spirit of giving and caring is “Help to assemble 10,000 kits for Homeless and Low Income Kids” on December 7th. Or get in the holiday spirit and Help Decorate the Hart Senior Center in Sacramento for the holidays year round.

If you are looking for something to do on your own, consider this project I have done with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and again with their friends each year. I assign each kid to earn $20-30 by doing chores for their parents for 2-3 weeks. At the end of the three weeks, I take all of these kids to the grocery store where each child will purchase a holiday dinner for a family. It is interesting to see the kids do the math and to really work at stretching their individual budgets (more lessons learned…) Then we take the food purchases and drop them off at a local food bank food drive i.e. the annual Sacramento Food Bank Turkey Drive on 11/21. I love doing this every year and it is so rewarding to watch these kids proudly make their hard-earned purchases and deliver them to help others in need.

Are you looking for other ways to get your family engaged? This article appeared in our weekly HandsOn Network/Points of Light newsletter:

“Tip #5: Get your kids to give back. “Volunteering is a powerful way to teach kids valuable real life lessons about empathy and caring,” say parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba and generationOn Executive Director Dan Horgan in this week’s Huffington Post. Find more tips on raising caring kids here – and on Saturday, November 22, join Points of Light’s generationOn and Disney Friends For Change for the 24th annual Family Volunteer Day, a national day dedicated to giving back together. For Family Volunteer Day project ideas and more, visit www.generationOn.org/fvd.”

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