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Spend Your Spring Break Volunteering

Jan 23, 2015
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Melissa Hincha-Ownby

spend your spring break volunteeringA family trip to an amusement park, a road trip adventure with friends, and a beachfront getaway are all common spring break vacations. This year, step outside of the box and spend your spring break volunteering instead. A week spent volunteering isn’t just easier on the budget; it is rewarding and sets your children up for a lifetime of volunteerism.

Benefits of volunteering
Sure, a weeklong beach vacation is a great way to spend your spring break, but the benefits of volunteering can outweigh a week of oceanfront rest and relaxation.

Volunteering can help you and your family in the following ways:

  • Meet new people and take advantage of new networking opportunities
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Learn about the challenges your community faces
  • Gain new, marketable skills
  • Beef up your resume

Finding volunteer opportunities
Every community across the nation has volunteer opportunities. If you aren’t sure where to start, contact your local church or school and ask for recommendations of local organizations that have regular volunteer opportunities. Alternately, you can contact the local branch of a national nonprofit organization known for volunteering. Opportunities with these organizations can vary from helping local families build new houses to cooking meals for families that have a child in a long-term hospital setting.

Discuss your plans with your family
If your kids are used to jetting away each year during spring break, make sure to have a family discussion about your new volunteer-based plans. You may face some resistance at first; this is normal and talking about the benefits of volunteering is a good way to counter any initial disappointment.

Have you ever spent a spring break volunteering instead of vacationing? If so, what volunteer opportunities did you and your family pursue?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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