by Amanda Henderson
4 Inspiring Ways To Get Your Family To Be More Charitable in 2018
Between soccer games and Sunday suppers, your family has plenty of opportunities for quality bonding time — but if you’re not already incorporating charitable acts into the agenda, there’s never been a better time to get started than right now. In fact, statisticssuggest that America currently doesn’t have enough volunteers to support the demand for help. Teaching your kids how to give back is perhaps one of life’s most important lessons, so make it a point to make volunteering a regular part of your family’s routine.
1. Contribute To A Community Garden
A cooperative gardenis an opportunity that can involve the entire community, not just your family. If such a green space doesn’t already exist in your area, assess local interest and spearhead the project yourself. Benefits include: encouraging healthy eating by growing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs; bringing people from all backgrounds, races, ages, and abilities together for a good cause; strengthening the bond within the community; and helping kids to be more enthusiastic about eating healthy by getting them excited about the growing process. Take it a step further by donating produce to area shelters that are less likely to have access to fresh goods.
2. Protect The Environment
While 74 percent of Americanssay that the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment, only one in five individuals are actually doing something to make a difference. Environmental issuessuch as climate change, air and water pollution, deforestation, species extinction and biodiversity loss, and soil degradation are serious threats to our society, so find an organizationin your area that needs help with tasks such as beach cleanup, habitat transformation for wildlife, tree planting, and much more.
3. Take A Family Volunteer Vacation
Show your kids what life is like beyond the pearly gates of a luxe resort by taking a volunteer vacation. There are numerous organizations in the States and overseas that offer low-cost trips in exchange for volunteering. Some examples include: caring for animals at the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary, helping out at a shelter in Mexico, bringing happiness into the life of a sick child at a “resort” for ill kids, and helping to rebuild homes in areas where there was a natural disaster. Some of these programs are affiliated with large hotel/resorts and some are independent, so there are options for everyone.
4. Contribute Financially
While you may not have time every single month to invest the time to volunteer, it only takes a few seconds to drop some money into a piggy bank. Teach your kids how to budget their allowance, to include putting aside a percentage for charity. In order to make this truly effective, you should do the same with your paycheck. Create a family donation kitty where everyone can share their contribution. Then, at the end of the year (or a shorter period of time if you prefer), decide as a family which organization you’d like to donate your money to. If you have a hard time deciding, split the funds between two (or more) places. The important thing is that everyone feels as though they are donating to a cause they believe in.
The world is moving at a faster pace than ever before, so it’s important that your family turns off their electronics in order to turn their attention to other people, places, and things in need. Volunteering is a humbling experience that is likely to leave a lasting impact while providing valuable perspective. Just make sure you ask your kids what organizations mean something to them so the process feels natural, not forced.