Are you involving your children in volunteer work? Why, don’t you think it’s important? I believe volunteer work is very important to children for many reasons. As parents we need to teach children to get involved in the community. Community is more than a place to live, it’s a place to give as well.
I taught this value to my daughter. I realized that becoming a volunteer was not only important to the community, it was important in life. I’m from a small town, giving back and helping others was the norm. To this day, I’m proud to say that I’m from my hometown. Nothing has changed except those who taught me have gotten older, but their children have now stepped up and taken over. If there’s a death in the community, someone is having a baby, getting married, having a difficult time in any matter, the town comes together. Those who grow up are so proud, we brag about that trait. Giving is passed from generation to generation.
There are also other reasons for children to get involved in community service or volunteering:
- College Applications – Administrators like to know that you are not only intelligent, but you also find time to give back to others.
- Scholarship Applications – Scholarships helped finance my daughter’s education. I ensured that she stood out among students who were competing with her by having her do volunteer work. Volunteer work is socially and academically acceptable.
- Helps Build Leadership Skills – Working with leaders helps teens learn leadership skills. Leadership skills can be used in camps, tutoring, church, college campuses, and many other places.
- Networking – Volunteer work allows teens to network with administrators, managers, and other people who can give them a reference for future jobs, scholarships and college applications, and possibly be hired with the company in the future.
- Learn To Give To Those In Need – Volunteering gives teens an opportunity to see that there are people who are less fortunate than them. Hopefully, seeing others who are less fortunate will help them to appreciate what they have.
- No Pay Learning To Work From The Heart – Volunteer work doesn’t pay monetarily, but it teaches the importance of helping others without receiving anything in return.
It’s important that teens get off of their electronics and learn about how the world works outside the comfort of home. It’s a great way for them to learn to appreciate what they have instead of expecting everything to be handed to them. They will learn to work for what they want in this world, and volunteering can help give them skills they will need in the future.
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