How to Teach Your Children About Volunteering

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We all want to think our children will grow up to care about the world around them. There’s no better way to ensure that than to teach them how to do so. Children are naturally compassionate and caring. By fostering these traits, you can help them develop a passion for helping others. Here are a few issues children can understand, and some ideas for getting them involved.


Don’t shield your child from the world — teach them about issues in age-appropriate ways.


Help your child understand the power of their dollar.

Taking Action

Encourage children to get involved in issues they’re passionate about.

Work For or Start Your Own Nonprofit Organization

Live by example by getting a job at or starting your own nonprofit organization. Here is a list of resources to help you along the way.

  • Virtually Volunteering for a nonprofit is easy and safe, making a great way to model working for a cause.
  • If teaching isn’t right for you, check out a nonprofit job board to find a career that’s a better fit.
  • Start a local chapter of a national nonprofit that you’re already involved with.

Finally, the best thing you can do to teach your children to care for others is to lead by example. Volunteer with them, talk to them about causes that matter to you, and let them know what charities and foundations you donate money to. Raise the next generation to be compassionate, socially aware adults; the future will thank you.

By Meredith Jones, contributing author

We invite you to discover inspiring and effective ways to care for yourself and to serve others.  Now more than ever, caring is what we all need most. Caring for our self.  Caring for others around us.  Life now demands caring, resilience and compassion like never before.  So, become a Custodian of the Caring Movement and help create the world we need right now, the world we want for our future generations.

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