Three Ways to Get Your Family Volunteering

By United Way of King County, on November 13, 2018 | In News

Do you find yourself asking, what have I done for others this year? If you’re coming up shorter than you’d like, we’re here to help. Sometimes it’s hard to convince your family to volunteer or prioritize giving back. After all, there are a million other ways you could spend the downtime you have together. Here are a few easy ways to get your whole family volunteering over the next few months.

1. Family Volunteer Day – Saturday, November 17

Grab everyone in your family and head out to volunteer. We can’t think of a better way to spend time together. Our volunteer site allows you to search by family-friendly volunteer projects, within a certain distance from your home and by date so that you can find the perfect project for you. Ready to head out on Family Volunteer Day? Here are some great projects to pick from.

2. Find a holiday family volunteer project that fits every personality.

Are you an advocate, an introvert, a time-saver or something else? Doesn’t matter, we’ve got a holiday family volunteer project that will be a great fit for you! Dealing with several different personality types in your family? That’s cool. Divide and conquer so that everyone has a positive experience giving back! The key here is to get planning now and reserve your spot(s) at the project.

3. Pick an issue area and learn more about it—together.

What does your family care about? Do they want to save the planet, protect animals, cure cancer or something else? Pick an issue area that, as a family, you’ll commit to learning more about. Assign a bit of “homework” to everyone and then share it over a meal together, or do the research and learning side by side. (Pssssst: If you pick homelessness as your issue, we’ve already done the homework for you.) A more informed point of view is a more helpful one. Plus, it might make for lively conversations at the holidays so you don’t have to worry about any awkward silences.


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