Asset: Service to Others
10 Benefits of Serving Others
When children start to reach out and help others, their world grows and so does their confidence. Independent Sector, an organization that studies nonprofit groups, surveyed teenagers who volunteer to help others. The young people said that through their volunteer experience they:
- Learned to respect others.
- Gained satisfaction from helping others.
- Learned to be helpful and kind.
- Learned how to get along with and relate to others.
- Learned new skills.
- Learned to understand people who are different from them.
- Learned how to relate to younger children.
- Developed leadership skills.
- Became better people.
- Became more patient.
By giving their time and energy,many said they received more in return. By serving others, they felt theymade a difference in the world.
Together with your children, do something for someone else. The Salvation Army has many opportunities for service! Whether it’s shopping for a child from our Angel Tree, donating food for a holiday meal, helping to distribute toys to those in need or ringing a bell to raise funds, helping others makes sense.
Questions to discuss with your child:
- Together help a neighbor. Maybe an elderly neighbor would appreciate your mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.
- Help your child put together a weekly schedule of activities that includes some kind of service to others.
- ogether, think of 10 ways your family can serve others. Choose one idea. Pick a date to do the activity. Afterward, talk about your experience.
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