Volunteering with the elderly
Where to start volunteering
Your neighborhood can be a excellent place to start volunteering. As you and your family take a walk you could pick up litter. If you or your older child is mowing or doing other yard work you could ask to see if your neighbor would like help with their own yard work. My daughters and I bake cookies at the holidays and then go caroling to distribute them. We are more than rewarded with smiles.
In your own home, I am sure you will see some volunteering occurring. It may be one child doing a chore for another. It may be one child making cookies to brighten another family member or friend’s day. It could even be bathing the dog instead of just complaining that he smells.
Volunteering does not have to a formal set activity. It can be an attitude that allows you to be a helping hand where it is needed. Challenge your family to find something to help others with once a week. You can increase this goal overtime and before you know it volunteering will be a way of life. By definition there is no monetary reward for volunteering, but there are benefits that you will discover for yourself