Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Make Summertime Volunteer Time!
Summer is here and there are lots of ways to spend the days: going to the beach, relaxing with a book, vacationing – all great, fun stuff. Many people are still working over the summer but if you get a chance to take a block of time off and are looking for something rewarding to do, try volunteering with your kids.
While it is personally fulfilling for adults, summer time is a great time to get your children involved in a charitable endeavor. Lots of volunteer activities take place outside and they can spend time with like-minded kids their own age, helping and having fun in the fresh air! Most kids in their teen years not only need community service hours to comply with graduation requirements but also to guide their morals and values while growing. Learning that there are others outside of their “bubble”, or usual environment, it is also very important toward giving them empathy and knowledge of the world around them.
There are so many different causes and needs that can enlighten teenagers. Have them help you choose what cause they would like to donate their time to. Our kids have been picking a week each summer for years, volunteering at a camp helping younger children with crafts, handing out snacks and assisting with cleanup. Whether it is reading to the young or elderly, cleaning up a park, donating old clothes or making cupcakes for a nursing home, doing something to help others is an important part of making this world a better place. Kids are biologically wired to think “me, me, me” until their early 20’s, lets help them think of others too!