Volunteering is a great way to show support for an important cause, a way to get to know others who share your values and to give back to the community. But volunteering is not just for adults. It’s important to encourage children and teens to become involved, or to volunteer as a family, because volunteering benefits the individual, the family, and the community. Win, win, win!
Volunteering has a life-long effect on kids and teenagers.
According to Feeding America, child and adolescent volunteers enjoy improved grades, reduced drug usage and depression, and increased self-esteem. Young volunteers gain empathy and generosity, along with some work experience, and are generally happier, says United Way. But the best part? These effects aren’t just short-term but affect kids’ and teens’ well-being for years to come.
Volunteering as a family helps find purpose and perspective.
Volunteering as a family is a wonderful way to model what it means to act in support of one’s values. With their parents, children and teens identify important causes, and they find purpose and agency in participating in solutions to real life problems. Volunteering puts life in perspective as well, teaching appreciation and promoting positive mental health through giving.
Volunteering is the lifeblood of a community.
Volunteering is often the glue that holds a community together. The act of volunteering creates connection among community members, grows friendships and collaboration, and increases a sense of belonging among residents – all while improving the community through service.
KidsMatter will be holding its annual Volunteer Fair from 5 to 7PM on Sept. 19, 2023, at the Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center. Last year’s fair brought nearly 30 nonprofits together, offering one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for all ages.
Visit www.kidsmatter2us.org for more details and hope to see you there!