10 Small Volunteer Acts You Can Teach Your Child Now


Walk for a Cause

One of the most popular fundraising events is a walk or run for a good cause. Individuals collect donations from friends and families to show support for their participation, and all of the money goes to the charity of choice. While some fundraising walks or runs are too grueling for young children, there are plenty of less strenuous events in which the whole family can participate.

Taking part in a charitable walk is an excellent way to introduce your kids to the idea of personal sacrifice for a good cause. Instead of going to the park or the zoo on a nice sunny day, they're taking the time and spending the energy to help someone else. Many fundraising walks focus on finding a cure for a deadly disease. This can become an especially powerful activity if someone in your family is fighting a disease like cancer or diabetes or you recently lost a loved one to Alzheimer's.

The American Diabetes Association sponsors over a hundred walks every year throughout the United States. The average distance is three miles (4.8 meters), but some races have special routes for families with young children [source: ADA]. Many families participate by forming a fundraising "team" and walking the route together. Typically, everyone wears matching T-shirts and colors to show solidarity with the cause. Kids will soak up the team atmosphere and the collective energy of the walkers. Who knows, your toddler might even go all three miles!

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