I know we are all busy. No matter how much time we have, we want to have fun as a family and enjoy ourselves together. We can do that by giving back, too.
How do we find these opportunities since we don’t want to spend the little time we have simply looking for the perfect idea. I put together a list of resources to use to search for family volunteering opportunities.
- Local Churches: Most churches are connected to a community outreach that would welcome many volunteers.
- Local Chamber of Commerce/City Hall: Chambers of Commerce and City Halls have their fingers on the pulse of the community. That’s their job. Let them know that your family would like to volunteer some time to better the community, and they can do all the heavy-lifting (opportunity searching) for you.
- Local School District: Schools are always looking for help. They never feel fully funded and always have needs. The superintendent or the principal of your school would be more than willing to discuss possible opportunities for you.
- Websites: Doing Good Together, I Can Help Twin Cities, Volunteer Match, Hands On Twin Cities
- Our Children: Our children can surprise us with big ideas. Sometimes I think I should discredit my 8 year old when she comes up with a far-fetched idea. However, look at Samara’s story about her little girl’s insistent reminder to make bags for the homeless. They already have over 100 bags promised to give away this summer! If we can’t do everything our child suggests, then maybe we can do a part of it. I do know that if she owns it, it’s going to be that much more meaningful. And when that happens, we all grow.
Like we have said, we aren’t trying to guilt you into doing more. Just wanted to let you know.