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Every month, the children and parents at Sarah’s church get together to help others in their community. Sometimes they’ll spend a day reading to the sight impaired. On other occasions they raise money to aid relief agencies, collect clothing for underprivileged families, sing at a local senior center, or clean up litter in the park.
Sarah’s parents know volunteering not only teaches their 8-year-old to care about others, it brings the entire family closer together by working toward a common goal. There are other benefits, too. Helping out in the community boosts creativity, develops interpersonal skills and builds confidence as well as a sense of responsibility.
Hundreds of organizations are eager for your help. Plus, you can turn your own ideas into action. Keep in mind, the volunteering experience is most rewarding when you and your child work together. (In fact, most service organizations will probably require it.) So, consider your family’s unique interests, abilities and goals, and then go make a difference.
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