There is an old English saying, ‘Charity begins at home.’ The truth of this saying is well borne out in the way we bring up our kids. Children, that way, are the biggest imitators. You might teach them a hundred things, but they follow and learn the best. This is perhaps why it is important
Parenting with Purpose is all about bringing the tools necessary to spread good. We want to take a look at what we all have on hand to make the biggest impact in not just our lives, but in the world. We have discussed at length the steps to make with children and teenagers. Here we have compiled a list and basic breakdown of causes that you and your family can get involved in. These are just some Purposeful Causes to get started.
Name/Organization – Guide Dogs for the Blind
Mission – According to them, ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities.’ Read more on their About Us page and you can see just how well they align with our goals.
Creating exceptional partnerships is what we are striving for here. When people are connected to each other, they form better communities, and those communities will foster better people. What better way for families to build that community than with the assisting, training, and raising of guide dogs? Families learn values, responsibility, and provide a service to those who are blind or have low vision capabilities.
Name/Organization – Guide Dogs Foundation
Mission – According to them, ‘To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs.’ Another group that is dedicated to the raising and caring of service animals for our fellow man. For families, the raising and training of an animal can be the perfect avenue for them to volunteer their time together. It will also teach your family the lessons of community and responsibilities
Not all causes need to be volunteer focused! Here are some groups that getting our family into can see them furthering their purposeful lives.
Name/Organization – Boy Scouts of America
Mission – The BSA state their objectives as developing character, citizenship and personal fitness. All wonderful qualities to have, the big one for us is those first two. Developing character and citizenship. Citizenship is one of the central tenets of being purposeful and conscious for us because it develops that empathy and compassion for your fellows. Developing character is what builds the kind of people we need more of in this world, who look beyond themselves to their impact on others and the environment. The BSA ‘Leave No Trace’ philosophy is an environmentally conscious one.
Name/Organization – Girl Scouts of America
Mission – According to them, ‘Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.’
Much like their sibling organization, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts of America are focused on building the character of future generations. They will learn through activities, adventures, and more, what will make them good, conscious people. As we said with the BSA, these two organizations are most valuable for the things they give your children and family, not just what your children give to them.
Name/Organization – Habitat for Humanity
Mission – According to them, ‘Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.’
Habitat for Humanity have 5 principles that are the foundation of their work. To demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ (Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization), focus on shelter, advocate for affordable housing options, promote hope and dignity, and support sustainable development. They’re values, Christian or no, align with our own in big ways. By working with Habitat for Humanity you and your family can bring about wonderful change in your community.
A note, we mentioned they are a Christian organization, but if that is not your faith don’t be deterred from what help you can provide in your community!
Habitat for Humanity has a non-proselytizing policy that they outline thusly: ‘Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.’
There are so many other places that would benefit from your family volunteering. Places like nursing homes, women and children’s shelters, parks, libraries, nursing homes and soup kitchens. Children can read to the elderly, assist neighbors with their chores, and a whole lot more.
Take a look at the places, businesses, and charities local to your home and begin making purposeful changes locally. By no means are these causes listed the only options available to you. Some organizations have age requirements to participate in them but again, don’t be deterred. Create your own opportunities for good and together your family will be living a purposeful life.
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