Finding Ways to Serve as a Family

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Finding Ways to Serve as a Family

by Niccole Perrine

 

As I find myself discussing the art of serving with those around me, one of the questions I run into most frequently is “Where can I serve?”. It seems that most folks are interested in the idea of service but don’t quite know where to begin.

 

To simplify things, here is a list of places where your family should be able to find a way to love others in service:

 

1) Your Church: Ask your pastor where you can plug into your local church community.

 

2) Your Neighborhood: You can look around and see what your family might be able to do to help out neighbors. Contacting your local HOA might also be a great option for those larger projects.

 

3) Hometown Heroes: Contact your local librarians, police officers, firefighters, and city council to see where you might be able to encourage these civil servants in their work.

 

4) Food Banks: There are several food banks, pantries, and shelters in the area that accept donations year-round. Google or Pinterest abound with ideas for which items are most beneficial to these charities.

 

5) Nursing Homes: Loneliness is such a painful experience. There are so many ways to brighten up someone’s life as they approach their twilight years.

 

6) Hospitals: Look into the local hospitals and see where you can be a blessing. The local VA has a lot of “walking wounded” who can use encouragement. The Children’s Hospital, Cancer Wards, and NICU are filled with folks who are in need of distraction. Knitting skills come in handy for these folks as well. Think about how you might love on those in pain and lost in worry.

 

7) Events: Go to your local community calendar and see if there might be an event coming up that appeals to your family. Surely they need folks to hand out water to those marathoners, or possibly they need someone to donate makeup supplies at the pageant next month. Try to find something that appeals to your sense of adventure.

 

8) Pregnancy Centers: There are several places that value life that are in need of supplies, donations, and helping hands. Just the other day I heard someone asking for volunteers to throw baby showers for those who are unsupported in their journey to honor the lives of their unborn children. How fun would that be?

 

9) Politics: It’s an election year. This means that everyone from your city council to the national party lines will be in need of volunteers to stuff envelopes, fold mailers, or stand on street corners promoting their candidates of choice. This is both educational and helpful.

 

A Caution: I implore you to carefully research the places you choose to support with your time, money and resources. In this day and age, it’s important to be clear on where the heart of any organization lies and whether it is worthy of your best.

 

 

 

Niccole Perrine moved to Idaho from Alaska in 2011. In her natural habitat she is seen having adventures with her husband and homeschooling her four children. In her spare time, she enjoys serving in her church at Meridian First Baptist, brainstorming new ways to love others as the Service Project Coordinator for AHG Troop ID2911, and honing her writing skills alongside local authors in Idahope.

Committed to helping parents fulfill their God-given right and responsibility to educate their own children.