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V is for… Volunteering (Again!)


Volunteering pic3 (Web large)Last year, I wrote an article for the Washington Post about how to get your kids volunteering! My daughter and I volunteered with 10,000 PB&Js, a wonderful organization that makes hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each week for the homeless. Volunteering together was a meaningful experience for us both.

In the article, I listed lots of ways that families can get involved giving back to their communities. In case you missed it the first time, I hope you’ll give it a read and leave a comment. I’d love to hear your ideas or experiences with kids and volunteering!

Here’s a brief excerpt from the original post:

As it turned out, my daughter made a great volunteer. She took pride in her work, making sure each sandwich had the optimal amount of jelly, carefully smearing the peanut butter. She even insisted on keeping her hairnet at the end of the night. Yes, she had questions — such as why the homeless couldn’t drive over and get the sandwiches — but she thoughtfully listened to my answers, and was happy to have a job to do. And I was relieved to see other families there as well. As I discovered, volunteering is a great way for parents to teach social responsibility while having fun and connecting in the process.  For the full article, click here.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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