Sharing is Caring: Why Volunteering is Good for the Soul

Sharing is Caring: Why Volunteering is Good for the Soul

“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.

image

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.

image

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:

Create the Good

Volunteer Match

Get involved when you can.  The time you donate has a real and lasting impact on your community, and yourself❤️

 

Written by

5 Comments
  • Shann Eva says:

    Love this! We raise money every year for the March of Dimes, and I try to get my kids as involved as possible. I also do a lot of service projects with my twin moms club.

  • We volunteer at a local ministry outreach center and while we are doing it to help others, it’s totally life giving for me.

  • Deanna says:

    I think it’s awesome that you volunteer with your kids. I volunteered with my son when he was younger. I need to get started with my daughter. I love the idea of making treats and toys for animals in shelters.

  • MB says:

    Beautiful words! It is so important to teach this to our children 💗 We need to do our part to make this a better world. 💖

Leave a Reply

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Me on Pinterest
©Mandy Fredericks/Macchiato Mom, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express written permission from this site’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Clear credit must be given to this site's author and owner if material is shared.
error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: