National Family Volunteer Day is November 17th and is a perfect time to "Serve with Heart" and encourage family members to take on a rewarding project to help others, or volunteer for an activity already taking place. Below are a few tips on how to get involved and instill within your family a commitment to making a positive impact in your local community, and beyond.
Tip #1: Parents - introduce community service to your child(ren) at a young age, and kids - get started early. If children develop a passion for community service when they are younger, they are more likely to volunteer when they are older. Talk to your family about why service is important and how to make volunteering fun.
Tip #2: Find something that your family is passionate about. Whether it is working with animals, homeless people, babies, or senior citizens, making a difference can be even more rewarding when doing what you love with the people you love.
Tip #3: Volunteer on a consistent basis. Partnering with an organization is a great way to establish a consistent service commitment. However, if flexibility is what your family likes, commit to finding a new project each month. For example, choose and volunteer with a homeless shelter one month and maybe an animal shelter the next. Look for ideas in the Volunteer Needs Column or visit the Volunteer Center website for even more ideas.
Tip #4: Find projects that are local. When you are first starting out, find local projects that interest you. You can make a difference in your community.
Tip #5: Look for ideas and resources. United Way of Greater Lafayette Leaders of Tomorrow program is aimed at getting children 11 - 15 years old involved in service. Learn more about this youth program on the Volunteer Center website and sign up in the spring.
Get out and get involved! Once you find a project that your family loves, stick with it. Consistency is everything, so make it a habit to volunteer on a regular basis and honor your commitment - people are counting on you. For more project ideas
email Amy Wood
or call 765-742-9077 x 222 at the United Way Volunteer Center or visit the website