Thanks to my parents and church community, working to make a difference was always important to me. My kids became involved in service projects when they were growing up, too. I like to think that helped them become kind and compassionate people. Today, I’ll share some ideas about what we did as a family along with resources for some family service projects you can participate in this season.
My Family’s Service Project Efforts
When my kids were little, we helped with various food drives. As they grew older, we were very involved in our local skating club. Both Will and Christina saw me volunteer and chair various projects. They naturally accepted volunteering as part of their life, too. Volunteering (even chairing a project) became such a part of their lives that they were each given the club’s Volunteer of the Year award. I truly believe the positive character traits they gained were much more important than any skating medals they ever received.
Another activity that has been an important part of our family is sponsoring children through Compassion International. Because conditions for girls are so poor in many parts of the world, we chose to sponsor two 5-year-old girls, starting when our kids were younger. Later on, we sponsored another 5-year-old girl. I tell a bit about our experiences with Compassion International in this post: Let’s Brighten the World for Girls.
As adults, Will and Christina participated in various volunteer projects, too. Christina skated in a breast cancer benefit in Oxford, England. Here’s her post about it (which contains a video of the skating performance): Top 10 Ways to Perform for a Cause. Both kids have done volunteer work as coaches for activities such as Special Olympics Learn to Skate. Will has his own DJ business, Dancing DJ Productions, and has DJ’d for benefit causes.
We’ve all worked together on 100 Acts of Kindness.
We’ve worked together for breast cancer awareness.
Resources for Service Projects You Can Do with Your Children
Amy Mascott from Teach Mama, Allison McDonald from No Time for Flash Cards, and Amanda Morgan from Not Just Cute teamed up to organize blog4cause 2012 during November and December. The goal is “in a season of getting, to teach our children about giving.” Here are the resources for blog4cause.
I have a post with a Go Orange Linky Party at Bits of Positivity. The Go Orange Linky Party has lots of ideas for parents and children working together to fight hunger. I also have a number of posts about No Kid Hungry, one of my causes.
At Bits of Positivity, I have a post with a Go Pink Blog Hop with ideas for adults and children working together for breast cancer support.
At Bits of Positivity, I have posts about Spontaneous Smiley and fun projects to raise money for Operation Smile.
I have a Make a Difference page at Bits of Positivity with links to resources and blog posts.
Pragmatic Mom has a list of Charities for Kids to Support.
We Are THAT Family has 100+ Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference.
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers has ARK – Acts of Random Kindness for Kids & Adults with Free Printables.
Having Fun at Home has Community Service Projects from Home.
UPDATE: See my post on “Simple Ways to Make a Difference in the World” to learn about some amazing “bloggers who inspire the world to help others.”
Make a Difference Pinterest Board
I have a Make a Difference Pinterest Board with many more ideas.
I’d love to hear about your family service projects! 🙂
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