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  • Max Schorr

    Those City Year red jackets bring the most positive thoughts to my mind - what a beautiful initiative.

    I would love to see City Year and GOOD team up to get tons and tons of citizens to constructively engage the local public schools where they live. These service days are one window in, but I'd love to explore ways the community can take more ownership for the success of its schools.

  • Hannah Wasserman

    I think the fact that so many people in my generation want to volunteer is a great sign for our society. Similarly to your son, I never thought twice about the importance of volunteering because my dad was always a super dedicated volunteer. As millennials start having families of their own, volunteering will be further emphasized and fostered.

  • Hillary Newman

    In order to graduate from high school I had to volunteer a total amount of hours. By 10th grade, I was falling behind on my hours, so I became a camp counselor for homeless children. I ended up developing a great relationship with the kids at the camp and the organization. It was an unforgettable experience that I don't think I would have had if I didn't have to meet my school's requirement.

  • illene.pevec

    Since 1998 I have been volunteering my time to help start school gardens and to integrate school curriculum with gardening so that children are nurturing themselves and the earth and the same time. I encourage anyone who enjoys gardening to see if a school near them needs their help to teach children how to plant vegetables and fruits and eat those for life long good health.

    • Diana Ahrens

      such a cool idea - do you do that on your own or through a program? i have a friend who works for Olivewood Gardens and does some student-related work:

  • rachelleah

    Great article! I agree that these opportunities to introduce children to service not only benefit the recipients of that specific action, but instill in children the idea that we, as humans, have a special responsibility to help one another out. Spending time with my children volunteering, and finding ways to be kind, has sparked conversations around social issues, tolerance and I believe made them increasingly empathetic, caring as well as empowered. We have been utilizing the incredible resources from Big-Hearted Families ( to find ways to weave giving back into our everyday lives. I encourage everyone to check them out. Thanks for writing about this important topic.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    A GREAT place to start. Instilling a value for volunteering early is important and deeply impactful. There are kids all over this wonderful world donating their time & talent. I donate much more than 20 hours a year volunteering; I sold my home & most possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project which began in Belize and this year upon invitation I'll expand into Kenya, Ghana & India. And YES< I donate at home in the US too. It's changed my life in ways I cannot even express. My bank account may not be large, but my heart is filled and fulfilled. Let's all do what we can. HUG

  • GrowingTweenMama

    This is certainly a good reminder to get involved and STAY involved. It's too easy to get caught up in birthday parties and playdates these days. This year my daughter is donating her bday money and I'm so proud of her.

    • Lindsey Smith

      That's heartwarming!!! It's great to hear that at a young age, your daughter is donating her own birthday money instead of spending it on toys or candy. As a college student, I truly believe if community service is taught and instilled as a progressive way to live life, then a person will carry this lesson into adulthood. Therefore, future generations will have individuals who are willing to give back with a smile on their face.