“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~Oscar Wilde
Volunteering is something that my family has been doing regularly. The first project we volunteered for was two years ago for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, making toys and homemade treats for animals housed at a local shelter. The turnout was incredible. There were over 60 people working together in one room. I was thrilled when I had heard about this project because at the time, I wasn’t aware that such opportunities existed. We left feeling good and wanting to do more.
Since then, we volunteer at least once a month wherever help is needed in various projects. They range from making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for those in need, such as school children and the homeless, to planting fruits and vegetables at the community garden, all through local nonprofit organizations. There certainly isn’t a shortage of projects available.
Kids are always encouraged to volunteer. They enjoy it. At the same time, they are learning to have compassion and empathy for those who are less fortunate as well as an appreciation for what they have. We live in an imperfect, judgmental, and sometimes cruel world and we’re constantly bombarded with negative information. Taking part in something positive and bonding together as a community to lend a helping hand gives us an opportunity to witness love versus hate.
In addition, while you’re making immeasurable differences in the lives of others, you’re experiencing positive effects as well. Research has shown that helping others makes you happy, increases self-confidence, and provides you with a sense of purpose. You’ll also gain many new great friends and have the potential to build your very own support system.
With busy lives, I know it’s not always easy to find the extra time but volunteering doesn’t have to be complex. I always tell my boys that even the smallest gestures can make a world of difference in someone else’s life. This article lists 40 ways kids can volunteer, toddler through teen.
The best thing to do is volunteer for something you’re passionate about. If you’re looking for local opportunities, these two links would be a great place to start:
Get involved when you can. The time you donate has a real and lasting impact on your community, and yourself❤️