This holiday season represents the perfect opportunity to get your family involved in the spirit of volunteerism. No matter who you are or where you live, someone in need is never too far away.
To plan your group volunteer effort, consider calling a family meeting or setting up a group on Facebook to discuss how you can have the greatest effect. Maybe you want to block a day or two off the calendar this winter to volunteer together for a food drive. Or perhaps you want to divide up your efforts to spread the joy of the season.
Be sure to document your efforts—with the permission of the agency where you are volunteering, of course—using photographs and even a minute or two of video. That way when your family regroups at the end of your work, you can share what you did and even create a scrapbook to record your memories. It might even help you share the experience with a friend who’s considering volunteering.
After your volunteer experience, send the organizations with whom you volunteered a thank-you note sharing your appreciation for the opportunity to partner with them and noting a few of the things you learned. Be clear about what you learned regarding the organization’s mission in the community and how it is making a difference. It’s sure to bring a smile to the faces of the men and women who drive the organization forward each day, and it might even find a prominent place on a bulletin board in their office.
Few activities are more rewarding than volunteering, and now is the time to start (or continue) that journey. Visit us for great ideas and resources at userve.utah.gov.