Giving back to your community is a great way to build a strong community that continues to thrive year after year. The habits and viewpoints that are instilled at a young age have a better chance of sticking with a person than those that are developed later in life. This is why it is important for kids to get involved in their community through volunteer work and other types of service at a young age. Involving kids in community outreach and volunteer opportunities helps to encourage a generous spirit and helps them understand that there is more to the world than what is directly in front of their noses.
A great way to introduce a child to volunteering is by providing them the opportunity to take an active role in the process. Talk to your child about a problem in the community that they may be interested in, and then ask them what they think can be done to solve the problem. Take the time to help your kid come up with an actionable plan to help others, and then put that plan into action.
Parents who are active in the community and are regularly volunteering are more likely to inspire their children to follow their lead. When you demonstrate your concern for others, you model that behavior for your children. You also have to find a way that makes your child want to participate in the community. They have to have an internal desire to help. Beth Manville Perkasie PA, formerly from Perkasie, PA says her seven-year-old daughter is a very empathetic child and has always wanted to help those in their community in need.