Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool is a mini community to our families and children, and a vital part of our local greater communities in which we live in.
With their busy schedules, many parents overlook the importance of community service in their child's life. Serving the community teaches children responsibility not only for themselves, but also for other people. Through community service, children understand that their actions impact other families. Below is advice how to teach your children the importance of community service.
Talk about Community Service
Over breakfast or dinner, talk to your children about community service. Explain what it is and the different types of jobs they can volunteer to do to help others in the community. If you have volunteered before, talk about your experiences. Finally, invite your children to think of types of community service they might like to do.
Make It Happen
One of the biggest problems in teaching children about community service is providing the experience of volunteering. Pick a Saturday or Sunday a month or two in the future and dedicate it as the day that you and your children or even the entire family will volunteer.
What is most important is that you choose an activity that will be fun for your children. Do not choose an activity that would be frightening or not allow them to fully participate. Walking dogs at the local animal shelter, for example, could be great fun, but your children might not be old enough to handle larger dogs. Make sure that the activity you choose is age appropriate and contains at least a little fun.
Purchase Books about Volunteering
If you cannot find the time for community service, another way to teach your children about it is to purchase books that discuss volunteering. Your local bookstore or library will offer kid's books that discuss the importance of being a good member of the community.
Volunteer at Home
If you cannot find a local charity that accepts children volunteers or do not have the time to volunteer, consider volunteering at home. charities may allow you to create gift baskets of food or clothing for them to deliver to families in need. Each of these tasks can be accomplished at home on your schedule. Just make sure to tell your children what the project is for and who the project will benefit. Also, let your children be creative and participate in the process. Event flyers and gift baskets don't have to look perfect; they just need to be crafted with good intentions in mind.
*If you would like more information on Community Outreach Talk with Katie!
November Community Outreach
CCCP is committed to helping in our local communities and spread love and caring with our Community outreach program. The month of November we will be collecting food donations, and raising funds to provide a Thanksgiving Feast to 25 women at Monroe Gospel Women’s Mission. We are excited and blessed that this will be our 4th year working with Monroe Gospel Women’s Mission providing their thanksgiving dinner, and each year the need grows with lack of funding.
Non-perishable foods, and monetary donations will be collected all month. Perishable foods, and homemade/store bought sides and desserts will be collected Wednesday November 23rd 9:30am – 12:30pm, Katie Rugg will be delivering Wednesday, November 23rd immediately following collection times. If you are interested in participating in our outreach, please see our Bulletin Board to see how you can help.
Please see the Bulletin board for list of needs, if you are in the giving spirit, but cannot make it to the store, monetary donations are also accepted! Feel free to sign up for single items, or whole recipes all donations are greatly appreciated and accepted.
Please place Non-Perishable Donations in the Bright Green Bin in the Entry Way of CCUMC. For Monetary Donations: Checks made out to CCCP with Community Outreach on the memo line, or Cash in a labeled envelope can be placed in the Children’s Ministries box or handed to Katie Rugg