It's one hundred degrees outside and even the swimming pools seem too hot.
Now is the perfect time to teach your family the value of volunteering! Let's face it, we all want to teach our kids the value of helping others. But during the year, this can be difficult, as schedules are so much tighter. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of excess time! So make some time during this summer to help out with a local volunteer organization.
We have helped out numerous times at the Capital Are Food Bank. With a group of friends it can be a surprising amount of fun! Slots are available in three hour increments. You can drop in on one of their open volunteer days or schedule ahead if you have a group. Their calendar has a list of available times. In the past, we have sorted bread and bakery product, canned goods and a variety of other tasks that help the Food Bank to collect and distribute food.
At the end of our session, we told the boys that many other kids were home playing video games. We were then going to explain that while sorting cans may not be as fun as video games, it helped a lot of people in need. Instead, the boys all said that Yep, this was more fun than video games... Oh well, there goes that speech ;o) Not only did they learn the value of volunteering, they learned that it can also be a lot of fun!
Tips and Thoughts
* All volunteers must be 8 years or older
* Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes