November 23 is National Family Volunteer Day, a Points of Light signature day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities, and the world. For 23 years, it has been held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. This year it’s being powered by generation On and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change, a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action to help people, communities, and the planet.
National Family Volunteer Day is an opportunity for you and your family to do some good together! For others, for other families who may not, at this time, have all the resources they need to have the best family life they can. Volunteering feels great and we need to model it for our children to show them how to give to others! (no, it doesn’t just happen automatically — seems we all have to work a bit on building social awareness and a sense of community around us).
The Imagine Nation Museum has helped to promote programming for this national effort to bring families together to help those in need throughout the community of Bristol and Connecticut. Doreen Stickney, Imagine Nation Museum Director said “We look forward to Family Volunteer Day, a wonderful collaborative community project each year.”
Children and families are invited to work on projects including special Gobble Thanksgiving Crafts like making colorful Thanksgiving placemats for patients at Bristol Hospital, nursing homes, and shelters in the community. ESPN employee Sandy Maier notes how fun it is to bring her family in joining their community, to help others —“The great opportunity about the National Family Volunteer Day is that it helps set an example for our children that communities should work together to help others. I have brought my family every year to give back to our local community.”
Families are also invited to join other families for free refreshments and entrance to the Imagine Nation Museum between 11am and 5pm. For more information please call the museum directly at 860-314-1400 or go to www.imaginemuseum.org. The Imagine Nation Museum is a division of the Boys & Girls Club and Family Center of Bristol.
For other family volunteer opportunities read our Give to Others posts!