Small gestures that make a big impact
Finally! Spring has sprung on the Pacific Northwest. Like you, my family’s summer plans are taking shape, so I’d like to take this opportunity to share some ideas of how you can enrich your family life this summer while serving the communities and organizations you belong to.
- Perhaps you’ve noticed that schools in your area have a free summer food program. If you take your kids to have breakfast or lunch there, consider inviting some kids in your neighborhood to go with you.
- Hold a food drive in your neighborhood, church and/or workplace and get your entire family involved. Believe it or not, food pantries often get depleted in the summer, and a family project like this reaps many rewards in the home.
- Donate some art supplies or outdoor toys to a house in the neighborhood where the kids hang out and play.
- Volunteer at a vacation Bible school or summer school program. Many times they need help with stuff outside of the classroom if you are working during the day. This is a great opportunity for teenagers who are building their professional image.
- Plant a bigger garden with your kids or grandkids this year and donate some of the food to a local food pantry or to some of your neighbors. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always a treat, and kids love working in the garden.
- Hold a car wash or other fundraising event to help a local organization that is working globally, like Mercy Corps or Doctors Without Borders.
Remember, summer is a perfect time to develop your own servant leader within your home and community. On behalf of the George Fox Alumni Board, have a fun and safe summer.