When it comes to enriching your child’s life through hands on experiences, there are a ton of options. Museums, zoos, and play groups are just a few that come to mind. But what if you are ready to take it a step further and broaden your child’s horizon through volunteering? Is it something that is actually worth their while? The short answer is yes. No matter the age, volunteer work with kids is an excellent opportunity for their growing minds. Let’s dive a little deeper and talk about 5 reasons why you should do volunteer work with kids.
1. They Help The Community and Environment
One of the most obvious benefits of volunteer work with kids is directly helping out the community and/or environment. Some volunteer opportunities help the community by providing meals or tutoring for those in need. Other opportunities help the environment by restoring plant life and collecting garbage.
Most community based activities will be for older children. However, if you want to get your toddler involved check into Meals On Wheels. Your child will ride along in the car with you to help deliver meals to less fortunate members of the community. Jobs like this boost the well-being of the community and bring people closer together.
Most of the outdoor/environmental activities are available to children of all ages. If you are looking for an outdoor job, check online for beach clean ups or tree planting opportunities in your area. Sometimes local zoos and aquariums will also have great environmentally beneficial events. These jobs are excellent for beautification purposes and to protect plants and wild life.
2. They Learn A Wealth Of Information
Most volunteer events we have participated in start with a short seminar or lecture about the task at hand. This is where your child will learn why what they are doing is important, how it is beneficial, and various other facts about the history and progress of the organization.
Beyond learning hard facts, your children will learn invaluable traits such as courtesy and compassion. They will also learn how to work as a part of a team, to be a leader, and interpersonal communication skills. This is more important than learning facts alone because these traits will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
3. They Make Connections
When your child is working side by side with other people, they are going to forge new relationships. Volunteering is an excellent way for your child to meet people of all different backgrounds and specialties. Some of these relationships could extend beyond volunteering and last a lifetime.
This point is especially beneficial for teenagers who are starting to apply to college. The more your teen volunteers, the more connections they will earn in the field that interests them. They could find themselves with an internship straight out of high school or meet someone who could help them get into their first pick school.
4. They Make A Difference
It is crucial for your child to have a sense of importance from a young age. Volunteering is an excellent way for your child to learn they can make a positive impact on the world. Whether they are directly impacting the lives of fellow community members or cleaning up the environment, they will be reassured often that they are making a difference. Once they realize they can make a difference, they will continue to do so.
5. They Have Fun
Arguably the most important point on this list is the fact that your child will have fun. Who doesn’t love a good free activity that their child will have fun doing? If your child enjoys what they are doing, they are more likely to return to that activity, and the more of an impact they will make. It’s basically a never-ending cycle of goodness.
Get Out There And Start Volunteering!
If you are inspired to start volunteer work with kids, there are several wonderful sources to check out. Organizations such as United Way and YMCA always have volunteering opportunities. For a more generalized list of opportunities in your area, check out volunteermatch.org.
If you currently do volunteer with kids, comment below and let me know what you do. We are always looking for new ideas on how to get involved in our community. Don’t forget to subscribe and share if you like the content on this blog and follow me on social if you want in on some fun behind the scenes. As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading about our journey out in Our Happy Place 🙂