This Holiday Season, Volunteer as a Family, and Grow as a Family!
The holiday season is a wonderful time for many families. Bonding over hot chocolate, singing carols, and wrapping gifts is a great way for the family to spend time together. Unfortunately, for many families and individuals in Denver, the holiday season is a difficult time. This year, why not spend some time as a family volunteering your time to help those in need in your community.
The benefits of volunteering are astounding. When you volunteer with your children you are setting a good example for them of the importance of giving back and showing compassion. Doing good in your community can increase social and relationship skills and boost confidence. Spending time helping others can give you and your family a sense of accomplishment and pride. Volunteering can also teach job and life skills, and provide a wider perspective of what is happening in the world around you.
Before you make the commitment to volunteer make sure that you do your research. By finding an organization or cause that you are passionate about, you will likely gain a much bigger personal reward. Consider the skills that you and your family already possess, and try to find a way to use these skills to give back. Also, make sure that you don’t over-commit your schedule so that you and your family do not get burned out. Volunteering should be an activity that you enjoy and that you feel good about!
Below are a few great organizations in Denver that often are looking for volunteers:
GIVE Denver is a program of Denver Human Services that provides help to Denver’s neediest population beyond standard, funded services through donations, volunteers and community partnerships. During the holiday season GIVE Denver also has an Adopt-a-Family program, where you and your family can adopt a family for the holiday season.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver builds and sells homes to hard-working people in need of decent and affordable housing.
Bessie’s Hope enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders and brings generations together in mutually rewarding relationships by honoring the human spirit and creating life-enriching volunteer opportunities for youth, families, individuals, community organizations and businesses.
Sacred Heart House of Denver
The Sacred Heart House of Denver offers services to single women and homeless mothers with children.
Colorado State Parks
If you enjoy spending time outside, Colorado Parks and Wildlife might be perfect for you! Volunteers differ greatly in their degrees of commitment and types of service. Depending on your interests, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s needs, they will try to match you to the location and volunteer opportunity of your choice.