Volunteering together as a family has many benefits. Working side by side provides opportunities for a shared experience, connection, and conversation, and family members get to see each other in a new light. Volunteering also cultivates empathy, encourages kindness and gratitude, and shows even the youngest child how a small positive act can make a big difference.
For those who are just starting to volunteer, making sandwiches for people who don't have enough food is a good opportunity to introduce your child to volunteering. Children generally enjoy helping others. It's up to us to foster their natural instincts for empathy and compassion and provide opportunities for kids to give to others and to be grateful for what’s been given to them.
Family Volunteer Day 2020
Every year, Volunteer Alexandria implements a Family Volunteer Day to engage families in service and help other families in need. The pandemic changed how we normally operate Family Volunteer Day. However, families were able to safely volunteer following guidelines and procedures to make a difference together.
Family Volunteer Day 2020 fell on November 21st. As part of Family Volunteer Day, Ascend Alexandria and volunteers band together to learn more about the environment, the useage of plastice, and how to create reusable bags out of t-shirts! ASCEND continued to help the environment, not only through educating and providing helpful skills, but through other efforts as well. Several families, including 10 people, ranging from working moms to students attending George Washington Middle and Bishop Ireton, cleaned up Stonegate Scenic Engagement park. Their efforts concluded with ten full bags of trash!
Family Day 2019
On Saturday, November 23, 2019 more than 130 volunteers created 300 goody bags for low-income families who participate in our Community Drive in December. Volunteers decorated bags, filled them with candy and small toys, as well as created hundreds gift tags for the wrapping of the presents.