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Fresh Ideas for Family Volunteering this Holiday Season and Fresh Ideas for Involving Kids in Service this Holiday Season!

Posted Nov 25 2009 10:00pm

volunteer spot image 2 This was close to my heart as I love to volunteer at my grandson’s school, and I do it all year long.  But the holiday season seems to be the best time, as the kids that don’t have enough, or that you know down deep in your heart of hearts that they won’t see the kind of holiday that you and your family will see, and it’s hard to see it on the faces of the young ones.  So every year I try to give a little extra, smile a little more and be happy and upbeat for these little ones who have so little, and really look forward to this time of year, for they are hopeful everyone around them to be kinder, and loving.  This was a great idea, and this website is just a great way to find a place or event for you and your family to volunteer together.  It just makes you feel so much warmer inside! And makes you want to do even more!!

1) Studies show that kids who volunteer with their families are more likely to continue volunteering as adults – that’s good for all our communities!

2) Volunteering together is a family communication builder.  Sharing common experiences and building empathy and new perspectives is especially helpful for families with tweens and teens.

3) To find nonprofits hosting family-friendly service events and ongoing volunteer opportunities that welcome kids, please check with your local United Way, Volunteer Service Center, or use the AllforGood search tool on VolunteerSpot’s site.

4) VolunteerSpot’s free and easy online scheduler is the simplest, fastest and easiest way for ANYONE to coordinate parent volunteers at school, Scouts, sports leagues, congregations and community nonprofits.

VolunteerSpot’s free online eBook helps families plan service activities:

Family Friendly Volunteering – Ideas from A-Z

Beyond turkeys and tinsel, service to our communities is an important holiday tradition. VolunteerSpot joins in celebrating National Family Volunteer Day and in educating families, including those with young children, about ways to make service part of their holiday plans. The holiday season provides an opportunity for teaching our children that Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and other winter holidays aren’t all about getting stuff, they are about giving generously to those in need. National Family Volunteer Day happens the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 21, 2009), and was created to inspire families with children young and old to give back, in any way they choose – e.g. volunteering with a local nonprofit, helping neighbors in need, or picking up litter at the local playground.  The growing movement makes it easy to nurture a tradition of family service and shows children that they can make a difference, a powerful feeling for the young – and young at heart.

“Can you imagine anything more energizing, more unifying, more filled with satisfaction than working with members of your family to accomplish something that really makes a difference in the world?” -Steven R. Covey

VolunteerSpot has created a FREE online eBook to help spark action and invite families to join together for this affirming holiday. The eBook – Family Friendly Volunteering: Ideas from A-Z – is packed full of original and engaging family service activities. Please visit : to view, download and share this free eBook.

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