Believing teens should get involved in community service or social issues goes hand in hand with believing they should establish a work ethic early in life.  Thus, I suspect I will write often about volunteerism and it’s benefits in this blog.

Parents Should Talk to Their Teens About Volunteering

Parents should consider talking to their teens and preteens about what volunteer work is and means and find out what type of work might interest them.  Find their passion and then take time to introduce them to the benefits of volunteering.  Get them involved early, but remember it’s never to late to start.  After all, statistics show elderly people who volunteer after retirement live longer and have much less depression.  No surprise, huh?

Regardless of Motivation, Service is Great.

The motivation doesn’t matter. Some teens do it to earn points for school or to beef up their college resumes.  Others do it because they want to meet new people, or get experience to put on job applications.  And some volunteer for completely selfless reasons because they’re passionate about a particular cause or belief.  Regardless, volunteerism teaches empathy.  It promotes teamwork. It builds bridges. It teaches sacrifice. It exemplifies respect. Volunteerism builds character and something good always comes out of it.

It’s Not All About You.

At a time in history when humanity seems so self-consumed and when people and government are so divided, I believe volunteerism among our youth is more important than ever. I applaud those who encourage it, and offer a standing ovation for those who DO IT.

Famous Quotes About Volunteering.

What do you think?

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  Acts 20:35

“To show great love for God and our neighbor, we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”   Mother Teresa

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Service is never a simple act. It’s about sacrifice for others and about accomplishments for ourselves, about reaching out, one person to another,  about all our choices gathered together as a country to reach across all our divides.”   President George Bush

“Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly.  It does more then help people beat the odds; it changes the odds.”  President Bill Clinton