As we enter a season of giving and generosity, it is easy to forget who can benefit most from holiday spirit. Get your family involved in the community by donating your time to a worthwhile cause. It is certainly a wonderful tradition to start, and can have lasting benefits not only for your community, but your children.
Donate Your Time to Organizations Your Kids Care About
There are plenty of charities and non-profit organizations that would welcome your volunteer efforts. To encourage children involvement, ask your kids what interests them and make it a point to find volunteer opportunities that are similar.
If your child loves animals, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. If your child loves to read, donate your time to a senior facility reading to the residents. Mix it up and volunteer at different organizations so that your children are exposed to different experiences.
Any Volunteer Time You Can Offer Makes a Difference
Whether your family has 10 minutes, or 10 hours, any time is better than none to teach children about community responsibility and compassion while making a positive difference in the lives of others. See below for just a few ideas to get you and your family started.
Animal shelters: Spend the day walking dogs, washing dogs, or cleaning out pens at your local animal shelter. This option is good for children who love animals, or if you are considering getting a pet and want to teach your children the responsibilities of pet ownership. For more information, visit SPCA of Northern Nevada and Nevada Humane Society.
Senior facilities: There are a variety of things you can do at senior care facilities including reading to seniors, playing games, putting on skits, or even helping out with lunch or dinners. Seniors are always in need of new socks, slippers, or even games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Call the Washoe County Senior Center at 775-328-6192 for a list of local senior facilities.
Food pantries/Soup kitchens: Help a food pantry hand out meals to homeless and needy people. Visit Food Pantries for a list of local food pantries.
Food banks: Sort, pack and organize food packs that are delivered to families that can’t afford groceries for the holiday. Visit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada website for more information.
Renown Health: Read a book to our youngest patients, deliver flowers or lend a hand to patients and their families. Visit Renown Health for volunteer opportunities.
Whatever you choose to do with your family, volunteering will service the community and your family. So get out there and volunteer! And don’t forget, these opportunities are all year long so make it your resolution to give back.