Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve.
We all have talents and strengths that we can use to give back. Whether it’s a one day event, like participating in a walk-a-thon together, or a long term commitment, like joining a program like Meals-on-Wheels, volunteering and being involved in the community can be a great way to spend time with your child and teach them the importance of helping others.
What is the MLK Day of Service?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
Teaching your children about the importance of giving back to the community is an important life lesson, and a great way to spend quality time together. This year, consider joining or starting a service project in your community with your family. To find existing projects and more ways to serve, visit www.mlkday.gov.
Email us your volunteer stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure to consider your child’s strengths and interests as well as the needs in your community when deciding how to get involved. The resources in this section provide some ideas and starting points. For even more, visit www.serve.gov.