I’m Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Door County. Well school is out and chances are your kids might have already exhausted their lists of what they wanted to do this summer. It doesn’t take long for parents to hear the grumblings of “I’m bored.” Well, how about volunteering? There are lots of things for kids to do and it’s a great opportunity for them to understand the concept of giving back.
When kids volunteer, it gives them the opportunity to learn about needs in our community as well as giving them valuable work experience. Kids frequently have opportunities to work with community leaders while gaining skills that can benefit them in the future. Youth that volunteer are more likely to develop a stronger work ethic and improve their communication and leadership skills -- all qualities which allow them to perform better in school and at work. Did you know that youth volunteers are three times more likely to remain active in their communities as adults or that youth who participate in volunteer activities are 50% less likely to engage in risky behavior?
Encourage your kids and grandchildren to volunteer this summer by checking out our website, VolunteerDoorCounty.com or request a copy of our Volunteer Guide. How about working a food tent for the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center or helping a non-profit set up their Facebook page? What about helping with craft projects at a summer camp or ushering at one of the many arts and culture events in Door County. There you even get to see the shows! There are lots of opportunities, and the Volunteer Center can help you find just what you’re looking for.