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Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

Community service for kids

 

In order to improve a community, volunteers of all ages are needed to advance the common good. Even children can make meaningful contributions to their neighborhoods. While the extra “hands” are helpful, volunteering together as a family produces real benefits for children in the long-term. Children learn to develop life goals, share family values, and spend time with their parents talking about important community issues.

Last week, several families with FCA US, and UAW Local 1268 and Local 1761 put these lessons into practice during a service project with Northern Illinois Food Bank. While sorting and distributing items at the free mobile food pantry site, some of the casual conversations with the children ranged from the importance of reading and sharing what they want to be when they grow up. One child replied she wanted to become a nail specialist while two others aspired to be police officers.

United Way of Rock River Valley provides an online tool, www.wevolunteer.org, to help find appropriate family engagement volunteer activities across our community. You can also read the blog below by Tonya Thayer Meyer, United Way community engagement manager, which lists simple ways to get your children involved closer to home.

Read blog: Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

 


 

 

Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River Valley

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