Using Local Civic Organizations to Encourage Grateful Giving

We have all seen the heartwarming stories of random acts of kindness bestowed on unsuspecting recipients…but many service organizations are actively involved in providing much-needed services to your local community EVERY DAY! Do you want to find projects that show you how to encourage thankfulness in your child? Parents who are involved with their children in project participation model behavior that ultimately creates a lasting impression of compassion and dedication for a cause, and as an added benefit the organization gains a valuable resource in your volunteer time. Need ideas to get started? Consider these organizations as a jumping point: Local Active Military support groups, Veteran’s groups- Together, you can write individual letters of gratitude and support to those actively serving. Consider having your child’s teacher join the effort by hosting a letter- writing day! Teachers can incorporate writing and grammar skills, history, and social studies as part of the project. Mother’s of Military organizations often host Veteran’s luncheons or mail care packages to active duty Military members. Work with your child to gather supplies for the care packages, or volunteer your time to serve meals or assist with decorating…the group leaders will not hesitate to keep you busy! Service Organizations- Groups such as Rotary, Kiwanas, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and other local groups are always in need of volunteers. Involve your child in the search for a cause that interests you both- then put your skills to work! Kids benefit from the process of following a project from start to finish and seeing the impact their time has on the benefactor of their efforts. Encourage your child to invite friends to join in the project…volunteerism is contagious, and more hands means greater results! Elder Care or Assisted Living Facilities- Often a forgotten segment of society, these organizations have experienced cutbacks in funding that often result in fewer opportunities for community involvement. Encourage your child to ‘adopt a grandparent’ or to mentor a person with intellectual or physical limitations. The interaction will foster empathy and understanding in your child and also bridges a gap in a segmented population of your community. Still need ideas? Search the Internet for community organizations, check board postings at your local library, or make inquiries with your Chamber of Commerce. Above all, remember that the best example your child has for reaching out to others is YOU!
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