Serving Others

2:22 min.

2:13 min.

Why Participate in Service Projects as a Family

  • to make a difference in the life of someone in need

  • to bring hope and love to those around you 

  • to spend time together while having a positive impact on the people and world around you

  • to help develop problem solving and cooperation skills

  • to practice virtues of empathy, courtesy, respect, kindness & generosity

  • to build confidence and leadership abilities

  • to be good examples of how to follow in Jesus' footsteps

  • to gain work experience and explore more interests

  • offset feelings of isolation and depression 

  • providing a sense of purpose and accomplishment

  • to build community ties

Getting Started

 

When you first suggest volunteer activities to your family, they may be somewhat hesitant or confused (especially if you’ve never done it before). Whether or not you have volunteering experience, here are a few helpful tips for you and your family:

  • Be a good role model. If you set a good example, they will notice your interests in volunteering and may suggest a volunteer opportunity of their own.

  • Find something fun. Community service doesn’t have to be boring. Try to find a community service project that interests every person in the family.

  • Find something easy. Volunteering doesn’t have to be hard labor or time-consuming. Start small.

  • Make it a part of your family schedule. Life is busy! Schedule it into the family calendar so that it becomes a family priority.

  • Create your own opportunity.  Look for a need in your community and search out ideas on how to help.

  • Notice the Impact. When your family or friends are making a difference in the world, notice it and encourage it – and make sure your kids do, too.