Why volunteer with your family?
The most effective way for youth to learn about community needs and how they can make a difference is through action, helping side-by-side with a parent/caregiver and witnessing the example of community service first-hand. Volunteering is not only good for the community, it is healthy for the volunteer. Research has demonstrated health and well-being benefits to the individual volunteer and we regularly hear from our volunteer families about the positive impact volunteering has had on their children.
Volunteering is a good thing for all families to do. It's important to help others live a better life." -11 year old Generation SERVE volunteer
Family Volunteering is the foundation of our service pathway to lifelong volunteerism, philanthropy, and community leadership:
What impact will you see on your child?
It can be difficult for parents/caregivers to have a conversation with their children about social and environmental challenges that face local communities. Getting out in the community and being a part of the solution is often the spark that is needed for kids to develop compassion, empathy, and a desire to help.
(After volunteering together) we now have conversations regularly about helping those in need. He includes being a volunteer when he describes himself in school projects. Volunteering is now a part of who he is." - Volunteer Parent