Simply gazing at my kids, I am instantly overwhelmed by the blessings that fill my life. And it has inspired this post to Get your Thanksgiving on! Count Your Blessings and Volunteer with your kids.
Being in the parenting trenches these past 17 years I've finally come to recognize that despite this protective bubble I attempt to maintain for my family, there are no guarantees. And ultimately there is no real way to safeguard anything except the very moment we're enjoying. I've also always found that whenever I'm feeling a bit disenchanted with the state of world affairs and find myself dwelling on the unsure future of Social Security for my children, the energy crisis and weather patterns that are completely out of my control, volunteering with my kids usually gives me a renewed sense of confidence in the kindness of human beings. And the warm feeling that, united, we're capable of many great things. Get your Thanksgiving on! Count Your Blessings and Volunteer with your kids.
Whether you and your children round up canned and dry food items and deliver them to your local food pantry, volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate to a worthy cause via purchasing a product all are great ways to make your kids cognizant of the fact that there are families who need help with basic needs like food. There are many opportunities for parents and kids to get in on the act as a team and volunteer. Get your Thanksgiving on! Count Your Blessings and Volunteer with your kids Here are my hot picks:
Get your Thanksgiving on! Count Your Blessings and Volunteer with your kids
Here are some ideas to kick around with your kids over the LONG Thanksgiving weekend.
One Brick: A New York City-based all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that enables people to get involved by creating a social and flexible volunteer environment for those who want to make a contribution. Events benefit children, the environment, food banks, schools, inner-city neighborhoods and other worthy causes and typically last three hours, followed by a gathering at a local restaurant or cafÃ© so participants can relax and get to know each other.
Idea List: Allows kids create their own volunteer projects, like the one conceived by an 11-year-old named Annie Wignall called the Carto e Bags Foundation which creates and hand-delivers fabric Care Bags filled with essential and comforting items for needy children, who've left their homes in crisis situations.
NRCS: At the Natural Resources Conservation Service, family volunteers can get involved in conservation projects protecting soil, water and wildlife.
Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network Visitors can click a state on a U.S. map) to find “volunteer centers” within each state that offer volunteering opportunities. A special section, “Family Matters,” highlights volunteering as a family, with suggestions on how to participate in “National Family Volunteer Day.”
Volunteer and support your local animal shelter and sanctuary – There are many ways kids can help local animal shelters. Kids can help by gathering and donating old blankets and towels, walking dogs, petting and playing with the cats so they feel less lonely, and raising and donating money. Check out the HUMANE SOCIETY today for ways to help.
I'm on a quest to find the most original family volunteering opportunities. If you and your kids have volunteered your time in a unique way, feel free to share your experiences with me!