Have you ever thought ...“How can we give back?" or "We are so blessed.”

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer; however, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. Volunteering with children is a great way to help children learn about giving back. The“why” behind volunteering has been extensively studied. Research has shown that when children volunteer it benefits them in many ways, including:

  • Enhanced development
  • Promotes healthy life styles and choices
  • Teach social responsibility
  • Creates lifelong ethic of service

Search Institute research has shown that volunteering aids in the development of key skills needed to live and thrive in the 21st century. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need.

Volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.