Giving back to our community is a value we want to teach our children.
For the first time, we participated in the United Way’s Annual Day of Caring. Opportunities to volunteer outside (our preference) included cleaning the grounds at the animal shelter, constructing playground equipment, painting an entryway, and building a community garden.
We chose to harvest rhubarb for the upcoming CHUM Rhubarb Festival, all proceeds of which go to end homelessness in Duluth.
With our gardening gloves and clippers in hand, we were dispatched around town to various rhubarb patches at friendly people’s houses. Picking rhubarb is a great activity for kids because the stalks often need to be yanked and the leaves are humorously large.
Back at Rhubarb Headquarters (i.e., First Lutheran Church), the kids helped label products and talked with the other volunteers over lunch.
This volunteer opportunity allowed us to meet kind people, be outside, and talk about poverty, homelessness, and hunger in Duluth.
How do the benefits of getting outside go beyond your own family? Share your experiences in the comment box below.