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4 Reasons Kids Should Start Volunteering Young

4 Reasons Kids Should Start Volunteering Young

Compassion, empathy and service to others—these are only a few of the values volunteering on a regular basis can teach us. Volunteering shows us our own privilege and how we can use it to help those less fortunate than we are. For many people, volunteering isn’t a part of our lives until a school course requires it for credit, encouraging us to go “be a part of the community.”

These are great outlets and programs, but what if we started instilling these volunteering values at a younger age? Despite their age, children can have a powerful impact in the community, if only we encourage them to do so. Here are four reasons kids should start volunteering young.

1. Volunteering teaches valuable life skills.
First and foremost, volunteering teaches children valuable life skills, such as working with others and following directions. It gives kids a chance to get outside of the classroom and put their knowledge into real-life work.

Consider this: collecting food for a local shelter could be a chance for your child to learn how to organize materials by type, expiration date or brand name. Cleaning up garbage in a park can show them the value of working as a team, and how to efficiently come together to get an important job done. Whether it’s working with animals, a local shelter or a national cause, volunteering gives your child the chance to learn important life-lessons in a safe environment.

2. Volunteering encourages empathy.
Working with others also gives children the chance to develop their empathy and compassion. Oftentimes, kids grow up in a specific world and aren’t exposed to much else. Volunteering, however, gives children the chance to meet and interact with others who are different—and often times less fortunate—than themselves.

Through volunteering opportunities, kids have the chance to see the world from a different lens and recognize their own circumstantial privileges. What better way for children to learn empathy, than to experience it firsthand?

3. Volunteering gives a voice to young people.
According to Scholarship America, the current largest demographic of volunteers is adults ages 35-54. By contrast, just one in five Americans between the ages of 16-24 reported spending any time volunteering. However, according to a 2012 study by DoSomething.org, the most important determining factor for youth volunteering was having friends who also volunteered.

When your child volunteers, it gives a voice to young people, establishing a network between younger and older generations to work together. Kids have the chance to get involved and make their opinions heard. And when just one child starts volunteering, it acts as a catalyst for other youth to be active in the community as well.

4. Volunteering can help with college.
Finally, and of course: volunteering is a great boost when it comes to college. Volunteering experience on college applications shows schools your child is a valued member of society who contributes to his or her community. Starting kids on the volunteering track at a young age gives them the chance to be even more involved, get more background experience for their resume and establish personal connections for potential recommendation letters.

Volunteering is more than just an activity for high school or college students earning credit; it’s a chance for children to get involved at a young age. Giving back teaches life skills and intense empathy, while giving children a voice in the community and preparing them for college.

If you want your child to start on the right path for an altruistic lifestyle, help them get involved in their community and start volunteering today.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


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A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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