Five Reasons to Volunteer
You may be aware of the opportunities available to you as an individual volunteer, but did you know you can volunteer as a family? Families come in all shapes and sizes and so does volunteering. We encourage you and your family to consider the impact you can make – for yourself and for the community! Here, we list five reasons you and your family should consider volunteering together:
Dedicated Time Away from Technology
Our devices often make our lives so much easier, but that doesn’t mean we should be around them all the time. Volunteering typically requires that you put away these devices and devote your complete attention to a group task. This will ensure you are gaining quality time together without distraction.
Scheduled Family Time
Volunteer opportunities can be an ongoing commitment, and by volunteering together you are also committing to spending time together as a family. It is rare that one would schedule time together in this manner, but in the context of volunteering it just makes sense. It is common to get caught up in the busyness of life and put family time on the back-burner, and this is a simple solution.
Try Something New
Volunteering is an excellent way to try a new activity. Whether tree planting, creating food hampers, or more, it is guaranteed to be a switch in routine from a typical movie night. You may find a skill or hobby that will continue to impact your family long after your volunteer commitment ends.
Showcasing Values of Community Benefit
The best way to learn is by doing! Parental figures that showcase the values of community benefit to their younger counterparts are making a lasting impression on these individuals.
It Feels Good to Give Back
Volunteering is at its core about benefiting your community and making an impact. You and your family will feel good knowing that your actions are directly helping others within your community. It’s incredible the difference that a single family can make within a volunteer program.
This is part of an ongoing blog series to celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 7 – 13, 2019.
This series is generously sponsored by the Old Quebec Street Shoppes. Located in the scenic heart of downtown Guelph, Old Quebec Street occupies a unique role in the history of the city—a role which continues to evolve with time. Part shopping centre, part office space, Old Quebec Street provides a charming and memorable experience to visitors; an experience that is intimately tied to its history.