1. Volunteering strengthens the family bond.
There are different things you can do with your family. Go on a vacation, watch a movie, spend the afternoon at the park and so on. One good way to strengthen the family bond is by volunteering with them. You can volunteer with just your partner, just with your kids or you can let the whole family join the fun!
The Food Bank of Singapore has a programme called “Foodbank Juniors Club” wherein kids could help out their parents in packing and sorting out food that will be distributed to different parts of Singapore. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ACRES has also launched a number of events where children are encouraged to participate in various efforts to promote animal welfare awareness.
With these types of activities, the whole family can volunteer and spend time together to reach out to the local community.
2. Volunteering will immerse you with the local community and culture.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to get to know the locals and their culture. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities out there that caters to different causes. There are volunteer positions from NKF where you can reach out to the older population. You can do a cooking demonstration with them. You can also involve your whole family! This is a great experience for you to share your culture with the locals and for you to get to know them more, as well!
3. Volunteering teaches your children empathy.
What better way to teach your children empathy than to go out there and share your time and skills to those who need them. Volunteering could help your children understand that there is a bigger world out there away from the comforts of home and school. This will help them to appreciate what they have. Volunteering is also a good way for them to learn and experience the true meaning of “sharing”. When they see their parents share their time and skills with others, they will be encouraged and inspired to do the same. This is a good opportunity for parents to teach their children to give back to the community that they presently belong in.
Clearly, there is no negative side to volunteering.
Volunteering will strengthen your family bond, help you to immerse in the new culture that you are in and volunteering will also help your children to learn empathy.
Check out the available volunteering opportunities here to start planning your volunteering weekends with your family!