Saturday, November 19, is Family Volunteer Day, an occasion kick-started by generationOn which is the youth division of the Points of Light #charity. Family Volunteer Day—which is regarded as a day of service to communities, organizations and people in need—is sponsored by the Walt Disney Company and takes place throughout the United States and elsewhere. The day is comprised of a series of events that promote acts of kindness. Every year, thousands of families participate and gain valuable quality time together in the process.

History

It is no coincidence that this #Event is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving since #Volunteering is a good way for people to get into the spirit of giving.

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From checking on the elderly to penning a letter of thanks to a soldier or even making treats for animals in shelters, there are many ways to partake in the events.

Any family involved with the events is encouraged to share their experiences on social media via the hashtag #familyvolunteerday to raise awareness of the event. Moreover, four lucky families will win a $500 gift card and five families will win a “Family Night Out” package featuring free tickets to dinner and a movie. Family Volunteer Day was initially created by Points of Light in 1990 as a means of bringing together community organizations, companies, and volunteer centers with the ultimate goal of getting children to join with adults—be they parents, grandparents, siblings or neighbors—to make a difference in their communities.

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With the support of the Walt Disney Company, generationOn has provided over 100 grants to organizations and schools across the country to support them in hosting all the events. On the day, families will come together to address real issues in their communities through service, while at the same time spending meaningful time together that helps increase family-bonds and build memories,” said Sarah Fanslau, the Senior Director of Clubs, Campaigns & Days of Service at generationOn.

Mission

The projects taking place aim to solve a variety of issues faced by communities around the country. For instance, in Austin, Texas, Ian’s Giving Garden & Frutas Frescas Orchard will be working with both children and seniors to harvest gardens and donate to local food pantries. Another grantee, Hands-on Broward, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is mobilizing kids and teens to help beautify different parks, help local schools and non-profits fix and paint their buildings and cleaning up neighborhood spaces.

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“The most rewarding part of Family Volunteer Day is seeing families come together to start the holiday in the spirit of giving,

“The most rewarding part of Family Volunteer Day is seeing families come together to start the holiday in the spirit of giving, helping those in need in their community, and teaching kids and teens real-life lessons about the importance of getting involved,” Sarah Fanslau stated. “It doesn’t take a lot of time to make a big difference, and that’s what we see most on Family Volunteer Day.” Within the coming decade, generationOn hopes to broaden the event to offer volunteer opportunities in every community around the nation.

Within the coming decade, generationOn hopes to broaden the event to offer volunteer opportunities in every community around the nation.