What is Family Volunteer Day?
Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Volunteering is a great way for kids and adults to make new friends, develop compassion for their neighbors, and even pick up a new skill or two! This annual event is powered nationally by Points of Light and generationOn.
Last year our Family Volunteer Day focused on serving Arkansas Veterans. We had students and organizations from all over the state participating. This year we hope you will join us too!
What Can We Do?
This year VolunteerAR partnered with the Arkansas State Police and the Little Rock Police Department to identify ways that families could serve police officers and build positive relationships with their local police departments. Every year, just under 7,000 men and women serve their communities through one of our state's 237 law enforcement agencies. The work these officers do happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week and often without much recognition or thanks. So as part of Family Volunteer Day, we want to say thank you.
Download the toolkit to view project ideas and resources.
What are the benefits of family volunteering?
Volunteering is a great way for kids and adults to make new friends, develop compassion for their neighbors, and even pick up a new skill or two! Research has shown there are many benefits to volunteering as a family, here are the top five from generationOn:
1. Kids and teens cultivate positive values, such as caring and empathy, and develop a commitment to service both now and in the future.
2. By participating in volunteer activities, kids and teens feel appreciated and respected, additionally they learn new skills in the process.
3. Parents get to spend quality time with their children in a positive environment, while serving as role models, leading by example, and passing on important values.
4. Families increase their sense of cohesion, well being, and connections to the broader community.
5. The combination of ages and generations within a family means they have everything needed to make meaningful change in the community: energy, creativity, passion, knowledge and experience, as well as different perspectives and skills.