Earlier this summer we talked about ways to serve your family. Today’s topic? Ways for you and your family to serve your community. Get excited, friends.
- The Hands On Network and Volunteer Match. Find a volunteer opportunity in your hometown by entering your area of interest and your zip code.
- Lemonade Stand for a cause. Pick a local cause and let your kids hold a lemonade stand. We held a lemonade stand for a cause and made $30.00 in an hour. Yes, siree.
- Project Linus provides new, handmade blankets, and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." Check here to find a local chapter.
- Your local hospital. Many hospitals allow kids as young as fourteen to volunteer. Duties may include organizing supplies, talking with patients, and transporting patients with a nurse.
- The written word is powerful. Watch for someone in your community to praise, and then write a note thanking them. Need ideas? Your babysitter, a policeman, a special teacher, your pastor, or a friend.
- Hop on an already established drive. You see organizations holding drives for canned goods, coats, school supplies, glasses…get involved. You have something to share.
- Be a good neighbor. Introduce yourself to new people. Engage in conversation, even when you don't feel like it. Offer to get the mail when your neighbor is on vacation. Bake extra cupcakes and share.
- Sell all your belongings, throw your two small children in an RV, and travel the US looking for ways to impact others. Sound crazy? Not for this family.
Your turn: Let's hear some of the ideas you have for serving in your community. Tell about a fun community activity you participated in.