Volunteering with Kids

I can’t remember a time of my life when I wasn’t volunteering in some capacity. I helped out with community clean-ups as a kid; served countless turkey dinners at church suppers as a teenager (and successfully resisted the temptation to sneak a piece of pie before my shift was up); and taught kids to read as an adult. It’s always been an incredible experience and it’s something I want my family to continue to experience together.

I started looking for the right volunteer opportunity by checking out a local website that matches non-profits and volunteers, www.volunteerhalifax.ca, which is run by John Paul Handrigan.

He believes that volunteering with loved ones has the great side benefit of building a strong bond.

“A family volunteering activity is an easy way to bring everyone together to work towards a common goal,” Handrigan says. “In my mind, family volunteering is comparable to playing on a sports team - there’s a team spirit.” ...