Giving back is something I always try to do…in some form or fashion. My passion for the past 3 years has been working with a non-profit organization called Not By Bread Alone. Not By Bread Alone gives food boxes to 70 families in need each week – no questions asked. Why this is important to me is simple. As a girl, my grandmother would always say to me “You don’t know where you’re going. You only know where you’ve been.” Simply stated you don’t know where this game called life will take you. You only know of the fortunes you’ve had in the past. With that in mind each Friday for 2 hours I assist in making and passing out food boxes.
It is never too early to get your children involved in volunteering. My 2-year daughter goes with me each week while I volunteer. While she is too young to officially “help”, she is not too young to understand what we are doing. My dedication to the project instills in her the spirit of volunteerism. Getting involved in volunteering at a young age can set a life-long pattern of advancing the common good. There are many great opportunities for community service for kids that will expand their social circle, teach them empathy and compassion, and increase their chances of success in life.
Encourage your kids to start by looking into volunteer opportunities with the organizations closest to them. Their school may have a volunteer program that can arrange placements for them. Perhaps they could volunteer at a local library or community center? Joining a scouting organization is another great way to find opportunities to give back to the community. Whatever the organization, whatever the cause, giving back is a good thing!