When we volunteer, we create Family Values in our children and with our community. At the same time, we have great family fun and memories with them.

Where do you start?

But how much commitment does it take?

Where do we start volunteering?

The areas to get active in are limitless.

* Have you ever thought about a Teach English abroad course?
What an amazing opportunity!

* If you and your kids love animals; head to the local Humane Society or Animal Shelter.

humane society cat

* Maybe Cancer has touched your life. Most of us know someone that cancer has affected already, don't we? Once a year you can door to door campaign, or get involved in Daffodil Days. As one of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil is a symbol of hope.

* Don't have Grandparents around? Adopt one. Consider
Spending Time At A Seniors Center. It's my story of when I was a teenager.

* Heart and Stroke, Diabetes, among others, have organizations that need financial support for research. Hopefully you won't need the donations in the future, but their are families and children who need them now.

* Maybe you feel for homeless families and children? You can help serve meals. Or you might want to be 'on call' for a Women's Shelter, or Violence Intervention Program.

* Sponsoring a child from another country is a great way to give without a lot of time commitment. Your kids will love to write them. Or you can put together a Shoe Box, full of things for kids, at Christmas for a child.


We can show our kids that hard work can pay much more than money. We earn self respect, love, and concern for others.

When our kids become teens and adults, they can record what they have done on their resume. As young adults, they will know what hard work involves. Their employer will know that they are the best choice for the job.

The many ways to be volunteering your time, talents and treasures will create Family Values with your children and you.

The commitment can be large or small, constant or once a year. It is a win-win situation when the organization benefits from your giving and you benefit, maybe more than the organization even, in love and memories. Check out Power-Parent.com for more Volunteer ideas!

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