The holiday season has come and gone and a new year is here! If you are looking for a fun and engaging activity for the kids, try giving back this year.

Volunteering is a great way to not only enjoy quality time together, but you’ll also be giving the perfect gift to those in need!

How Volunteering Benefits Kids

There are plenty of benefits for children who volunteer, including:

  • Teaches appreciation
  • Enhances world perspective
  • Influences balanced habits
  • Builds social skills
  • Develops sense of purpose
  • Improves self-awareness
  • Teaching valuable life skills

And so much more!

Ideas for Holiday Volunteering

No matter the age of your children, there are always simple ways they can volunteer and help out the communityAmeriCorps offers many different ways to safely help out your community.

  • Donate to Nonprofits
  • Volunteering at food banks or pantries
  • Deliver meals and groceries to vulnerable seniors
  • Donate medical supplies and equipment
  • Stay in touch with neighbors, family, and friends

You can find local volunteer opportunities by visiting AllForGood.org.

Keeping the Volunteer Spirit Year-round

Now, more than ever, keeping the giving spirit alive throughout the holidays and beyond is needed.
You can help your child learn that it’s not about what you have, but about empathy and the value of giving to others by keeping volunteering a year-round event. You can help encourage your child’s altruistic side by letting them pick a cause to support and discussing the difference between donating time and money. Both are valuable donations for the cause/charity of your family’s choosing, but it’s still important for your child to learn the difference between the two types of donating.

Looking for other ways to inspire your child to become his or her best self? Check out the programs Drama Kids International offers that are specially designed to help kids gain valuable life skills.