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Seeing Grownups Serve Community Teaches Kids a Lot

By staying active in our community, we show our children what it means to give back.

I have this issue where I feel like I’m never doing enough.

I currently have four part-time jobs and volunteer for two non-profit organizations (oh yes, and I can’t leave out the part about being a stay-at-home mom and wife).

And I still feel like that’s not the most I could be doing. I think I have a problem.

My closest friends and family often question why I get involved with so many things, why I spread myself so thin, and what good it does me. I guess it’s just in my blood.

When I see an opportunity, I want to grab it. I want to run full speed and accomplish something I’ve never done before. I want to fill a gap that needs to be filled.

I want to help.

So when I found out the Special Entertainment Commission had several openings, I knew it was my calling.

For years my husband and I have talked about how much more could be added to our already vibrant town of Emmaus. We love the events offered by the local program and other groups, but we find we’re often in search of family things to do during the other times.

Wouldn’t it be great to have "something" going on in town every month?

In our travels, we have seen some amazing festivals, concerts and flea markets, and we know it’s possible to incorporate these family-friendly activities into our town.

Isn’t that what makes a community cohesive?

In March I was approved to be a member of the Special Entertainment Commission in Emmaus. My mind was bursting with ideas, but I quickly discovered how much work goes into the planning and fundraising.

From a parental perspective, I believe it’s important to be an example to our children. It’s critical for them to see how community involvement can improve their lives and the community surrounding them.

For our children to grow into responsible adults who contribute to society, we must lead by example.

There are so many local groups and organizations in search of volunteers – , Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Turning Point, Care Net, and local commissions like Parks & Rec and youth organizations.

The list goes on and on. Unfortunately, the volunteer support doesn’t.

If the wheels are turning in your head and you’re wondering where you might be able to help, contact an organization that’s close to your heart. Ask them how you might be of service, even if it’s just a few hours a week.

The rewards, although not monetary, might surprise you. And the value of your children seeing you do these things can never be given a price.

Mary Youtz May 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Jenae, I could not agree more! You are right: One of the most important things we can do for our children is to be a role model with volunteer work.
tamarya May 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Very good article. I would love to help out by helping out animals in need of foster homes, just know my husband would never go for it lol. And it would still be teaching the kids as a way of volunteering your time to help out.

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