We blame it on Little House on the Prairie. After reading the entire series, we promised ourselves we’d find time to volunteer at a nearby living history museum. In the summer of 2006, we traveled back in time to become a farming family in 1845.
We learned to bake a pie over an open fire, churn butter, wash dishes with a corn cob, care for critters, and it was all school.
Look around your community. Where can you volunteer, make some family memories, and do school at the same time?
- deliver meals for Meals on Wheels
- build a home with Habitat for Humanity
- stock shelves at a food pantry
- ask your local place of worship for ideas
- prepare and serve food at a homeless shelter
- work backstage (or on stage) at your community theater
Do you have a favorite charity? Instead of just donating money, come up with a way to raise funds plus awareness. At 16, Meg promoted a t-shirt sale to help a nonprofit group we work with. She set up tables at churches, spoke to groups, and got herself on TV and in the newspaper.
Look for the opportunities within your area. Summer is the perfect time to volunteer together and continue learning as a family.
Has your family served the community together? Give us more ideas!