How to Get Kids into the Giving Spirit

December 12, 2018
Boston Globe (MA)

With their children excited to tear into presents this time of year, many parents are wondering how to get kids engaged in the giving part of the season as well. Massachusetts ranks 32nd in the country for volunteerism, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, and just 26 percent of teenagers volunteered in 2015. Local organizations are working to raise those numbers not just during the holidays, but all year long, and they know that one way to do that is to inspire volunteerism in children. “If you start young, you can create a lifelong volunteer, and that’s what our communities need,” said Sara Hamilton, deputy director of the volunteer agency Boston Cares, which sees a drop in volunteers at the start of each new year.

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