Why Your Kids Should Volunteer

When your child asks, "Why Should I Volunteer?" you might not know how to answer. According to PBS Kids, here’s why kids should donate some time and what’s “in it for them”...

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  • Making new friends
  • Gaining important skills and experience that will help you later in life
  • Making connections that can lead to a job or career
  • Seeing more of your community and world
  • Fighting boredom
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Exploring what you want to do with your life
  • Feeling needed and important
  • Feeling satisfaction at getting things done and helping others
  • Meeting people who could be role models
  • Using your mind, body, and creativity
  • Getting active and healthier
  • Gaining an edge on getting into college
  • Relieving stress
  • Spending time doing what you really care about
  • Feeling like you're part of a community
  • Having fun!


Check out www.pbskids.org/itsmylife/emotions/volunteering for a printable journal page for kids to chronicle their volunteering experiences, and for a list of youth book recommendations (fiction and nonfiction) dealing with the subject.