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November 23 is Family Volunteer Day at Hamilton Place!
November 21st, 2013

Join United Way’s Volunteer Center for Family Volunteer Day on November 23

Join United Way’s Volunteer Center on Saturday, November 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at Hamilton Place Mall as it celebrates National Family Volunteer Day. Bring your family to the JC Penney Court on the lower level where there will be several projects available in which children and their families can participate.

These projects are simple to do but can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.  Working on simple peace quilts that will be donated to a local nonprofit where they will be finished and put to use; decorating and making flower pots out of soup cans, which will then be given to a local nursing home; stuffing treat bags for furry friends at the East Ridge Animal Shelter, and writing and decorating cards for soldiers overseas are a few of the activities families will be able to participate in at the Mall. To help, you can also bring your clean, used soup cans to the United Way offices at 630 Market Street before Saturday, November 23.

Girl donating toys

What is Family Volunteer Day?
Family Volunteer Day is a Points of Light signature day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. It is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick off” the holiday season with giving and service, and it also signals the start of National Family Week, sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Points of Light created the day 22 years ago to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to help communities create supportive environments for their children and each other.

Why is Family Volunteering Important?
Families make great teams. The combination of ages and generations in your family means you have everything needed to effect meaningful change in your community: energy, creativity, passion, knowledge, experience and different perspectives and skills.  Family members have skills to teach each other - adults can teach kids just as kids can teach adults. This is also a perfect opportunity for teens and older kids to practice their leadership skills.

How Can Your Family Take Part?
Make sure your family can be together on Saturday, November 23. United Way’s Volunteer Center is posting specific, family-oriented opportunities on its website at LiveUnitedChattanooga.org/FamilyOpportunities. Come out to the mall on November 23 from noon to 3 p.m., or plan a family project of your own. You can also use the "Project Planning Guide" and "Reflection Guide" located at  LiveUnitedChattanooga.org/ProjectPlan or LiveUnitedChattanooga.org/Reflection to guide you.

For more information about Family Volunteer Day and how your family can be involved, call the Volunteer Center at 423-752-0316. To register to volunteer, go to iHelpChattanooga.org

Posted by Kelley Nave

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