Make a Plan for Family Volunteer Day

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I’ve talked about teaching kids and giving back to those in need in the past. We’ve participated in toy, food, and fundraising efforts with our kids. But we’ve never had a chance to volunteer anywhere. My oldest is getting to be old enough now that she can start coming with us to volunteer. So we are planning on participating in Family Volunteer Day. 

Donating to Toys for Tots

 Family Volunteer Day is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. This year, Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, November 21. It’s a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their neighbors and neighborhoods. This year generationOn and Disney Friends for Change are rallying thousands of families and kids across the country for the 25th annual Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 21.

Donating Change to Feeding America

generationOn is a great organization from Points of Light, focused on teaching and inspiring kids to make their mark on the world through service and leadership development. The end of the year is always super busy so generationOn makes it easy and fun to get involved even in little ways.

This year we want to get involved with a local food bank to help serve or distribute meals to those in need for Thanksgiving. It’s something my husband and daughter have expressed interest in and I think it would be the perfect thing for our family to help out on together.

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  1. We offer our time alot to various organizations. One that we have recently started volunteering at is the Midwest Foodbank. They have a location in Peachtree City that we enjoy going to to give back.

  2. We don’t have time to volunteer now, but we have planned some volunteer opps for Christmas time such as collecting toys for Toys for Tots.

  3. We volunteer with an after school kids program called girls on the run and we pack food for overseas through Feed My Starving Children.

  4. One that I really want to do this holiday season, is as a family go to one of the homeless shelters and cook and pass out meals!

  5. We help by donating to the food bank during the month of November and help with the food collection and delivery of turkeys to needy families!

  6. We donate to the food pantry and donate clothing, blankets, household items. I also make fleece mittens for the mitten drives and little gifts for the gift trees for kids in need.

  7. My daughters both volunteer alot. They do the food self, horse ranch for disabled kids and many more. I sponsor families at Christmas and help families with autism.

  8. My family and I sew blankets, hats, scarfs, mittens, and tote bags for those in need. We also collect food for food drives. We also make toys for children in the hospital and sew pillows for heart patients.

  9. There is a local shelter we like to volunteer to serve meals to others. It’s such a rewarding feeling to help those in need.

  10. My husband and I are part of the Purple Heart Association. We volunteer allot of our time helping those in need through that organization. We mostly donate and help pass out gift baskets during the holidays for the veterans. We are also big animal lovers so I like to volunteer at our local animal shelter on my free time

  11. We volunteer at our local food bank by helping stock shelves and watch little children while their parents pick out food. We also help serve meals at our local shelter 🙂

  12. My 12 year old daughter and I volunteer every year for our local Special Olympics! It’s been so rewarding for us both and my daughter absolutely loves spending time with the Special Olympic athletes! Super fun and very fulfilling! We have vowed to so this forever!!!!

  13. We help by donating food to a local church for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter drives they have. We donate to Toys for Tots every Christmas season. I give our clothes to Goodwill when we are done with them. We also donate money to the Salvation Army bell ringers during the holiday season.

  14. I’ve volunteered at our local no kill animal shelter many times. My boys participate with their little league in canned food drives every year. This year we are paring down our belongings and donating to a local women and children’s shelter.

  15. i donate to the dias shelter which is a domestic abuse shelter… its a place where they help women and children get back on their feet .. ive donated clothes and toys for the kids

  16. My children and I volunteer at a nursing home during the holidays and help decorate! The folks really enjoy having the kids around 🙂

  17. Tell me in the comments how you volunteer (or plan to volunteer) with your family.

    if i ever find time..i dont mind,but im afraid i haven done much over the years

  18. My daughter is a frequent visitor to the children’s hospital so we volunteer and donate a lot to the ronald mcdonald house

  19. We always help the church with Meals on Wheels helping the elderly and homeless, they just need some help so we help as often as we can

  20. We donate food and clothes throughout the year as well as volunteer at the school for clothing drives.It’s so important for kids to learn about giving back!

  21. My husband is assistant chief of our local volunteer fire department.I keep things together here,so he can help others in need.Thanks so very much for sharing.

  22. I donate my used goods all the time. I am disabled and can’t really volunteer. But I rescue animals all the time. I think that counts for something.

  23. I volunteer mostly at my son’s school, but I also like to volunteer at our City’s animal shelter walking dogs when I have time.

  24. I just donated money to our local Dare To Care Food Program. They help so many people in our community and with the holidays coming up, they always ask for extra help to provide more holiday meals.

  25. My husband is an active member with our local Chamber of Commerce so we participate in a lot of events with them. Most of them benefit local charities/community groups like, High School arts programs, local food bank, blankets/clothing for the homeless, etc.

  26. Every year we donate clothes, food, toys, to local organizations. My mom and I also take our company and give back to 20+ charities as well as helping local women’s shelters.

  27. I volunteer for the Parent teacher organization at my school. it is great to be able to run events for and with my children.

  28. My family and I always volunteer to do Supermarket Saturday which is an event around our community where we collect canned food and donations for the food drive. We also work very closely with Sparrow Clubs USA.

  29. Every year we donate our old winter coats to a local organization. I also like making care packages for some elderly people in my town.


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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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