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Engaging Family Volunteers at the Holidays

August 23, 2011

The summer is almost over and before you know it the holiday season will be upon us.  It is not too early to be thinking about the volunteer opportunities your organization will have during this season. The holiday season has become a time when more and more families are creating the tradition of volunteering together. A recent Gallup survey indicated that more than a third of American households volunteer together as a part of family life. As volunteering together becomes a holiday tradition for many families, it is important to make sure your organization plans ahead and structures those holiday season opportunities to allow families to work together. The HandsOn Network has created a checklist for organizations that wish to provide these opportunities to family groups. The checklist found at http://www.handsonnetwork.org/files/resources/BP_FamilyProjectChecklist_2010_HON.pdf goes over different aspects of a project and allows the organization to determine whether or not a specific project is family friendly. This tool can be a great resource and will help alleviate any potential pitfalls to family volunteering. 

As your organization makes plans for the holiday season, please make sure to let HandsOn Nevada know what your volunteer needs will be. We can post these opportunities weeks in advance so that individuals and families can plan ahead and your organization can be prepared. Please contact us if you would like more assistance in making a project or experience more family friendly.

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