Volunteer With Your Kids!
Today, families are finding new ways to spend time together, and volunteering is one way to do just that.
Our 2017 Youth Connection Guide has opportunities indexed by minimum age so you can identify organizations where families can volunteer together.
Research has shown that volunteering as a family:
• Helps families learn about social issues and provides a new perspective on the world.
• Provides positive role models and passes on family values to children.
• Provides new learning experiences and development of new skills for both children and adults.
• Provides quality time for the family to spend together.
• Increases interpersonal communication and the problem-solving abilities of family members.
• Helps youth decide what they want to do with their life
Kids have fun when they volunteer, but volunteering also:
• Enhances development — Volunteering can benefit a child's psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills. It also provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.
• Promotes a healthy lifestyle and choices — Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
• Teaches social responsibility — Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
• Creates a lifelong ethic of service — Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
• Improves the community — Volunteer activities are essential for advancing the common good, and children can be part of the change.
Volunteer with an Organization
There are a number of organizations in Boulder & Broomfield counties with opportunities for children of all ages to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
Tips for Youth & Family Volunteers
Plan Your Own Project
You can also create your own project that could benefit a local organization. Below are some resources and websites to get you started.
GenerationOn: Family Volunteer Guide
Big-Hearted Families: Project Ideas
Need ideas of an organization that could benefit from your project?
Email Julie Kurzawa, Director of Volunteer Engagement