If you aren’t seeking volunteer opportunities for your family, you are missing out.
I know you’re busy. Your family is probably go go go like everyone else. However, if you aren’t looking for, and taking advantage of volunteer opportunities for your family, then there are great benefits you are missing out on.
(at the bottom of this post, there is a list of 10 Awesome Ideas for volunteer opportunities)
Maybe as a Christian man, you have never really thought about leading your family in this direction. Well, there are a lot of reasons why people volunteer. Your family could be reaping the benefits long into the future.
Volunteering will help shape the character of your children and will encourage their maturity. So, here they are:
5 Rewarding Benefits of Family Volunteer Opportunities:
Benefit #1: You Get Quality and Quantity Family Time Together!
Getting your family out into the real world, and rolling up your sleeves together to accomplish something as a family, is priceless.
I am reminded of what the bible teaches us in: Deuteronomy 6:5–7 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.“
Taking advantage of volunteer opportunities together is the perfect chance to put this principle into practice. Put the love of God on display, as you serve Him by serving others.
It’s the perfect chance to get both quality, and quantity time, as you teach and model to them, biblical manhood.
Benefit #2: Your Family Becomes a Team!
Nothing pulls a family together like volunteering together. Giving back through your service to others is a chance for your children to see the best in you, and in themselves.
A short personal story…
While on a camping trip recently, I had taken my wife and 3 youngest children (15, 13, & 12) out for a day hike to some local waterfalls. It was a beautiful day, and everyone was in a great mood.
Afterward, we went out to lunch and were on our way back to the campsite, when my wife noticed this giant statue of Paul Bunyan in front of someone’s house. She quickly shouted “turn left…turn left”, so I did.
There, at the “Paul Bunyan” house, my wife found an eclectic masterpiece. These old hippies had turned their entire fenced in property into a colorful “bottle forest”, with all kind of doodads and really cool bizarre stuff all over the place. An airplane from a John Belushi movie on top of their garage, restored airstream trailers, etc.
My wife was out front taking pictures when the owners came out and asked if we wanted a tour. My wife lit up like a Christmas tree, so off we went. The grand tour was astonishing. We saw a Tee Pee, Betty Davis’ bathtub in a restored bathroom, and a 1937 Ford rust bucket truck that ran and had current registration. My kids were in wonderland.
Several times during the tour, the man’s wife had said she needed our help with something when we were finished but didn’t say what. We kept wondering what she was going to ask as to do.
At the end of the trip down hippie artist lane, she finally told us. She had collected an enormous amount of blue bottles and needed to move a bunch of them to the front fence. Her plan was to create this “blue ocean wave” of bottles by artistically attaching them to the fence in a colorful pattern.
So, there we were. Me, my wife and kids, loading up old plastic milk crates with blue bottles and hauling them out front to the fence that had originally got my wife’s attention.
Make a lifetime memory – check! Family teamwork – check!
Benefit #3: That Sense of Satisfaction and Accomplishment is Felt by the Entire Family Together!
As the leader of your family, it is up to you to create the opportunities they need. Well, your family needs to feel that sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
The Lord has given your family a unique blend of skills and talents. Volunteer opportunities are a great way to develop that God-given blend.
At our church, we have church-wide workdays usually twice a year. They are typically scheduled before Easter and our Harvest Sunday. Those are the times we want the church property looking in tip top shape.
During those workdays, it is always such a blessing to see our church families come out and volunteer together. When the job is all finished, there is a great sense of satisfaction on all of their faces. Your family should experience that too.
Benefit #4: Someone Else Experiences Your Kindness!
As Christians, we want to put the love of God on display right? What better way than to get involved as a family in volunteer opportunities?
2 Peter 1:5–8 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.“
We are not trying to promote a social gospel here. We are just stating the fact that this is a great way for you to get out into your community, as a family, and shine as Christ followers.
You don’t have to wear your religion on your sleeve or go with an agenda to promote your church. Just pray with your family, and go make a difference. The Lord will no doubt open doors for you to be a witness for Christ.
This world can be such a discouraging place. Your families kindness can open doors into people’s lives for you to continue to minister. Relationships might form with other volunteers. Then, there you are, blooming where you are planted (that’s one of my wife’s favorite expressions).
Benefit #5: You Are Making Your Community a Better Place!
The fact is, you live right there where you will serve. Your efforts will pay off directly in our own community. Whatever volunteer opportunities you find to get your family involved in, are worth it.
There are many more benefits than I have listed here. But you get the point. It really is well worth your families time to get involved in volunteering. We are all busy, but as biblical men, it is up to us to make the time to lead our families.
Here are 10 Awesome ideas if you are looking for volunteer opportunities for your family:
- Help a widow from your church to clean up her yard, and make small repairs.
- Host Valentine’s Luncheon for widows at your home near Valentines Day, give them flowers too.
- Organize a community-wide food drive for your local rescue mission.
- Do the “Walk for Life” together as a family.
- Mow the grass, pick up trash, and plant flowers at church, the week before Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
- Give out Hot Chocolate, $5 McDonald’s gift cards, and gospel tracts, to homeless people at Christmas.
- Find a military veteran in your church or neighborhood, and take your family over to wash his/her car as a thank you on or near Veterans Day.
- Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving Dinner together at your local Homeless Shelter.
- Have a BIG family yard sale on Labor Day weekend, and donate the proceeds to a Missionary Family for Christmas.
- Always be on the lookout for spontaneous volunteer opportunities and jump on them when you can.
The Key – is to start now, and take as big of a step as you can, in the right direction.