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The Volunteer Family Charity Profile
Do you want to volunteer as a family, but you can't seem to find organizations that will accept you and your kids? Neither could I.
After I had my first child, I became acutely aware of the importance of family and community and how the two are interrelated. Every parent wants to raise a happy, healthy child, but as we are well aware, the communities our children live in play a vital role in shaping their thoughts, values and experiences. Unfortunately, when we have a family to look after, we often put community service on the back burner. I realized that if could find a way to spend more time with my children and volunteer at the same time, I could teach them to care for others while we contributed to an important cause together. After months of research, I discovered that there are opportunities for family volunteering, but finding them was a difficult and time-consuming task. Thus, I started The Volunteer Family. We connect people like you with volunteer organizations who are willing to accept family volunteers.
The Volunteer Family makes volunteering together easy. We are continuously adding to our list of organizations willing to accept you and other members of your family. We define family very loosely - it is any group of two or more people, such as parents, children, siblings, foster parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends. The Volunteer Family can either match you and your "family" up with one of our preexisting opportunities, or depending on your situation and interests, work with you to create an individually tailored volunteer experience.
We have a complete listing of volunteer ideas, as well as a listing of opportunities in neighborhoods all over the U.S. Feel free to look through some of our other pages to figure out where to begin, how to find organizations, and how to reflect on the experience with your children. Good luck and have fun!
The Volunteer Family Volunteer Information
You have decided to volunteer. Itís a great idea to help your children develop new skills, strengthen your family, and support your community, but itís sometimes difficult to know where to start. If you're like most families, deciding where to volunteer and who to help is not an easy task. This section will give you some information on who to help, broken up by topics such as helping the homeless, developing relationships with the sick/disabled, and helping children.
How Should I begin?
Now that you've decided to volunteer as a family, and you have an idea of what type of volunteer project you would like to do, this section gives helpful information on beginning the process of selecting an appropriate volunteer activity for you and your family.