Family Volunteer Opportunities

family 1Families in Utah seem to be acutely aware that there are many volunteer needs in our community. From humanitarian relief to park clean up and donation drives, families are volunteering more than ever.  With one of the youngest populations in the nation, it's up to organizations to help create volunteer opportunities to accommodate young, civically-minded families. United Way 2-1-1 seeks to align families with family-friendly opportunities.

Volunteering together as a family has many benefits. It enhances values such as kindness, compassion and tolerance, plus family members learn new skills and feel appreciated for their talents and contribution.

Here are more reasons to volunteer as a family:

  • Helps families learn about social issues and provides a new perspective on the world
  • Provides positive role models and passes on family values to children
  • Provides new learning experiences and development of new skills for both children and adults
  • Provides quality time for the family to spend together
  • Increases interpersonal communication and the problem-solving abilities of family members
  • Helps youth decide what they want to do with their lives
  • Gives family members an opportunity to lead
  • Increases a commitment to volunteering and your community


Why Children Should Volunteer

Kids have fun when they volunteer, but volunteering also:

  • Enhances development — Volunteering can benefit a child's psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills. It also provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.
  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle and choices — Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
  • Teaches social responsibility — Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
  • Creates a lifelong ethic of service — Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
  • Improves the community — Volunteer activities are essential for advancing the common good, and children can be part of the change.

If you are a family looking for volunteer opportunities, use the advanced search option to find opportunities available to families, check out the resource list of organizations who have projects for families, or contact the Volunteer Center for help.

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