With Fill the Bus coming up in one week I would like to take the time to highlight the great opportunity volunteering provides for children. Volunteering provides a great way for children of all ages to gain important life skills and learn important life lessons. Leadership. Respect. Gratitude. Compassion. Responsibility. Commitment. Community. Impact. Self-Esteem. Empathy. These are just a few of the many lessons that can be learned through volunteering.
Volunteering to help someone in need has been proven to increase happiness which in turn increases self-esteem. We can teach kids early that helping others, no matter your age, makes a huge impact not only on those you help, but also in yourself.
By taking your children to family friendly volunteer events, such as Fill the Bus or other events that align with their interests, they will be able to be given a task that they can own and be responsible for. This is a fun way to teach responsibility. “I think everyone has a duty to support their community,” VP of Community Impact, Holly Hill, says about why she wants her son to get out and volunteer.
Many children take for granted what they have because they are not educated on the things that others do not have. By volunteering they are given a social awareness and shown that not everyone has what they do. They can learn to appreciate the things they have and that it feels good to give back to others.
By volunteering with your children from a young age, they are shown that no matter age or how small a task, they are making a great impact in someone’s life and in their community. You’re never too young to change the world.
Volunteering can teach children to think outside themselves and consider others first. They will learn that other people may have larger needs than their own. They will also learn compassion for people in all walks of life. Heather Cooper, of Great Southern Bank, said, “I want my child to volunteer so they can learn that is their duty to help others in need.”
United Way of Northwest Arkansas is hosting Fill the Bus on July 24th and 25th and we still have a limited amount of volunteer positions available across Northwest Arkansas. Bring the kids and get involved! You can see available times here.