The holiday season is coming and with it, an increased interest in giving back to our community. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we reflect on the importance of volunteering with our families and friends on national Family Volunteer Day.
Volunteering together strengthens our connections to each other – what better way to bond than working together to make a positive difference in the world? With it comes knowing that our collective effort can make a more significant impact than we can make alone. Your family may be the traditional picture – or it may be friends who’ve become an integral part of your life. Volunteering is a great way to spend time together. On Family Volunteer Day, plan to celebrate your human connections by leveraging your strength to make a difference!
And bring the kids. Volunteering is a hands-on way to teach children about the issues in our community and how we are empowered to make a difference for others. It prepares them to be involved, informed citizens. Compassion and responsibility are developed by engaging in positive volunteer activities, as well as the sense of accomplishment in knowing that your actions made the world a better place for someone. It is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and have fun together.
About Family Volunteer Day
Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world.
Points of Light created the day in 1993 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 takes place on November 22 and is being sponsored by Disney Friends for Change and powered by generationOn.
Family Volunteer Day is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. It also signals the start of National Family Week, sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Families that volunteer together not only address community social problems, but also strengthen themselves. Volunteering together as a family provides quality time, strengthens family communication and provides opportunities for family members to be role models.