Janet Fox, Claesgens, Mark A. | 11/5/2007 9:39:34 PM
LSU AgCenter volunteer expert Dr. Janet Fox encourages family members to volunteer together in community service on Nov. 18, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Each year, that Saturday is designated as Family Volunteer Day.
"Thanksgiving offers a great time to give thanks for the many blessings we have," Fox says. "Volunteering is a way to share those blessings. It also demonstrates the power families have when they volunteer together."
Volunteering can be as simple as creating tray favors for nursing homes, making get-well cards for children in the hospital, serving a meal at a local homeless shelter or delivering food baskets to local families.
"However families choose to do it, family volunteering can help mobilize thousands of new volunteers to meet community needs and instill a lifelong commitment to volunteering," Fox says.
"Family volunteerism not only benefits your community, it strengthens your family," she notes, explaining that family volunteering offers a way for parents and caregivers to teach their children the values of kindness, compassion, tolerance, responsibility and good citizenship.
It also provides quality family time, which strengths family communication and bonds. In addition, it allows family members to serve as role models for one another and for others in the community. Finally, family volunteerism increases the commitment on the part of the individuals to the community and to the value of volunteerism.
"So when you are counting your blessings this Thanksgiving season, be sure to be a blessing in someone else’s life by volunteering as a family," Fox says.
Family Volunteer Day is a program of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network in partnership with the Walt Disney Company.
For related family topics, click on the Family and Home link at the LSU AgCenter Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com. For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture