Fredericksburg Parent

July 2012

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Serve Your as a BY MARTA OTI SEARS children is to engage in community service with them. Follow these simple steps to embrace service as a family. C 1 ompassion is a quality all parents hope their children will develop. A powerful parents to encourage compassion in their community someone in the family good at organizing or building things? List a few passions and strengths for each member of your family. After you've made the list, look for any themes. Is there one strength or passion that you all have in common? List your family's strengths and passions Make a quick list of things your family likes and is good at. Do you love nature and being outdoors? Do you enjoy music, art or dance? Is way for Family Community 2 3 to needs in your neighborhood. Browse a local newspaper to help identify needs. List the needs of your community Make a second list of needs in your community. This can include citywide needs and needs on your lists that look like a match? If gardening is one of your family's passions and you're aware that food banks typically lack fresh produce, this might be a match. Circle any passions and needs on your lists that might be a match. Don't worry if you don't see any potential matches. People often discover new passions as they volunteer. that people's callings are found in the places where their "deep gladness" and the "world's deep hunger" meet. Do you see any passions Compare your passions with the writer Frederick community's needs American 4 two needs that stand out to you.) Websites like www. and make it quick and easy to find a service opportunity in your area. Research nonprofit organizations Using the needs you circled, do a web search for local nonprofit organizations working on those needs. (If you didn't circle any, choose Buechner said 18 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • July 2012

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