Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
Family Volunteer Day
Family Volunteer Day – November 23
Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods and communities. The day was created 22 years ago by the Point of Light to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to help communities create supportive environments for their children and each other. This year Family Volunteer Day will take place on November 23.
It is strategically held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season with giving and service. It also signals the start of Family Volunteer Week.
Volunteering as a family is something special you can do all together to help children think about something larger than themselves. Beside the benefits to the community, it benefits the family. Volunteering together enhances values such as kindness, compassion, and tolerance. They will also learn new skills and feel appreciation for their contributions and talents.
Families can experience quality time and strengthen bonds when they share experiences.
It gives family members opportunities to lead and increases their commitment to volunteering and their community.
Not sure how to start? Hold a family meeting and talk about ideas. Seek out opportunities in your community with local organizations, churches, schools, volunteer centers or create a project on your own.
Look for opportunities where all family members can participate and age appropriate. You can also invite another family to join you in the activity. Once you complete your activity celebrate together and reflect on the day.
There are numerous resources for ideas including going to www.generationon.org website and search for Family Volunteer Day 2013.