When it comes to providing your children with a well-rounded education, it is important that you expose them to more than just academia. They need to gain real life skills as well. One way to do that is by encouraging them to do community service.
Benefits of Community Service
- It fosters a sense of empathy and compassion for others.
- It promotes a sense of community and connectedness.
- It promotes teamwork.
- It provides opportunities to learn new skills.
- It encourages personal development.
- It looks good on college and job applications.
- It makes you feel good and can actually reduce stress.
- It might lead to discovering one’s passion.
How to Find Community Service Opportunities
- Local Publications
Does your town have a local newspaper or website? If so, you might be able to find a list of community service projects. Browse and see if there are any projects that you could join in on.
- Chamber of Commerce
Many cities have a local Chamber of Commerce that keep track of all of the local businesses and organizations. You might be able to visit or contact your local chamber to find out about all of the local non-profit organizations in your area that might be in need of some volunteers.
Another great way to find our which organizations, groups, and individuals in your area need help is by contacting local churches. Many of them will be able to point you in the right direction. Many of them also provide opportunities for people to volunteer their time in service.
- Ask Around
You never know which of your friends or family members are looking for help or know someone who needs help. Don’t be afraid to simply as if anyone knows of any volunteer opportunities.
Community Service Ideas
There are a wide variety of community service projects that might be available in your area. Below are a few of the ones that you and your homeschoolers can try out.
- Litter Patrol- Walk around your local parks, playgrounds, and neighborhoods and pick up trash.
Visit the Elderly- If there are any retirement homes, nursing homes, or other types of assisted living facilities, plan regular trips to visit the residents and spend time with them.
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