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When it comes to giving back to your community, take simple steps.
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by Valerie Hawkins

10 ways to volunteer as a family

Volunteerism is extremely important to my husband and me. We don’t have a lot of extra income to donate to charities we’re passionate about, so instead we donate our time.

And now that our children are getting older, and do more than just eat, sleep and poop, we want to start introducing them to the idea of giving back. But we didn’t know how to get started.

So I asked around! And here are 10 family-friendly volunteer ideas my amazing COUNTRY Financial® colleagues sent me.

Check ‘em out!

girl holding puppy
Be a foster home for pups

My family provides a safe place for shelter puppies, (and sometimes their mamas), to stay until they find their forever homes. Volunteering teaches my kids empathy and the importance of ‘giving back’.

-Eryn Lloyd, Marketing Events and Programs

volunteers serving dinner
Help prepare a meal

Each year, my coworkers get together and cook a meal for a local homeless shelter. I bring my daughter each time we volunteer, because I want my daughter to know how important it is to help people in need.

-Cherie Dew, Agency Administration 

toddler coloring
Write a pick-me-up letter

My daughter and I write letters to children in the hospital. She enjoys this, because she knows she is brightening someone’s day, and it helps develop a sense of empathy and service for others.

-Lyndsay Bloomfield, Market Planning 

Father and son volunteering
Beautify your school

My son attends a new community-based school which utilizes spaces that need renovating, such as playground equipment and classrooms. We volunteer together to help with the renovations, and my son is very happy to help!

-Brent Collins, Marketing Promotions and Technology

Mom and child volunteering
Create Christmas cards

Last Christmas, I helped coordinate a card-making event at a local low-income senior apartment complex. My 9-year-old invited a few friends, and at the end, the kids gave the cards to the seniors. I want to make sure my children have giving hearts!

-Memuna Lee, Vendor Management 

little free library
Share your love of books

My family serves as Little Free Library stewards. In addition to providing books to our neighborhood passersby’s, we collect and donate books to local teachers. Because you can never have too many books in a classroom!

-Cathy Oloffson, Projects and Executive Communications

mom and daughter donating blood
Donate blood together

My wife and daughter donate blood together with the American Red Cross. They love the new option showing where their donated blood is going and how it’s being used. They especially enjoy it because it’s something they can do together.

-Rick Halberg, Creative Services

girl volunteering at animal shelter
Volunteer at an animal shelter

My daughter and I volunteer at a local animal shelter. It helps encourage responsibility, plus my daughter has a love for animals – so it’s a win-win!

-Kristine Walker, Projects and Executive Communications 

birthday party
Donate your birthday

Growing up, our family tradition was to donate to a local food bank or shelter instead of giving gifts for our birthdays. My parents taught us there is nothing more rewarding than making someone’s day better. I love that I’m able to carry on the tradition with my family.

-Sara Grimm, ITS Application Development

family volunteering to clean up garbage on trail
Clean up a local trail

My family and I participate in cleaning up our local trail. We are strong believers in giving back and serving the community, and we want to instill that in our son, too.

-Eric Minster, Advertising Content 

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