The Value of Service for Children

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Shirley Chisolm - "Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth."

Why do community service with our children?

·         It feels good:The satisfaction and pride that come from helping others are important reasons to volunteer. When you commit your time and effort to an organization or a cause you feel strongly about, the feeling of fulfillment can be endless.

·         It strengthens your communityOrganizations and agencies that use volunteers are providing important services at low or no cost to those who need them. When a community is doing well as a whole, its individuals are better off, too.

·         It can strengthen your family: Volunteerism is a great way for families to have fun and feel closer. But many people say they don't have the time to volunteer after fulfilling work and family commitments. If that's the case, try rethinking some of your free time as a family. You could select just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).

Community service can teach children:

A sense of responsibility: By volunteering, kids learn what it means to make and keep a commitment. They learn how to do their best and be proud of the results. But they also learn that, ultimately, we're all responsible for the well-being of our communities.

That one person can make a difference: A wonderful, empowering message for kids is that they're important enough to have an impact on someone or something else.

The benefit of sacrificeBy giving up a toy to a less fortunate child, a child learns that sometimes it's good to sacrifice. Cutting back on recreation time to help clean up a beach tells kids that there are important things besides ourselves and our immediate needs.

Tolerance: Working in community service can bring kids in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education and income levels. They'll learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.

How to fill idle time wiselyIf kids aren't involved in traditional after-school activities, community service can be a wonderful alternative.

 

Adapted from KidsHealth/Nemours

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