This post is by regular contributor Tricia Hogbin of Little Eco Footprints.
Having volunteered regularly for most of my adult life, I’ve experienced the benefits first hand. Through volunteering I’ve learnt and strengthened skills, made friends, had fun, connected with my community, and have also travelled to some amazing places. My husband and I have been lucky enough to travel all-expenses-paid to India (me) and Lord Howe Island (him) through volunteering.
Despite having volunteered hundreds of hours over the years, I truly believe that I’ve gotten way more in return than I’ve ever given. Volunteering is an important aspect of my life and one that I want to share with my daughter. I’m hoping she’ll grow up thinking volunteering is a normal part of every day life.
She’s participated in Clean Up Australia Day every one of her four years. Here she is on the left at only 10 months old at her first clean-up. She spent most of it on my back in a sling, but the point is that she saw my husband and I contributing.
I’ve taken her along on a number of community planting and field days that I’ve organised. The most recent she really enjoyed. She planted dozens of trees herself, watered them, and learnt about how plants grow and bush regeneration. She had loads of fun playing in the mud and enjoyed a free lunch.
Sadly, she was the only child there, which isn’t unusual. Most volunteers for environmental work seem to be over 50 these days. Where are all the young families? Why aren’t they volunteering? Do they realise what they are missing out on?
Three easy ways to share the value of volunteering with your child:
- Lead by example. Volunteer for your child’s school through the Parents and Citizens Association, join the committee for your child’s sporting clubs, or help out with whatever activities they enjoy, be it Surf Life Saving, Scouts, or Girl Guides.
- Participate in community days like National Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day.
- Volunteer for a local charity. Pop in and ask them how you can help. Perhaps you could help serve a meal to the homeless once a month?
Do you volunteer? Are you sharing the value of volunteering with your child?
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