Looking for ways to involve your kids in local service projects? There are so many individuals in need of help on a day-to-day basis — families struggling to find food or shelter, elderly Austinites in need of meal deliveries, animals in need of comfort in local shelters, parks and trails in need of maintenance and beautification.

Generation SERVE, formerly known as Little Helping Hands, invites parents to include their children and teens in giving back to the community, with organized, age-appropriate opportunities. When kids get involved at a young age, it helps them understand the needs of our community, build empathy for others and the realization that they have the power to make a difference.

preparing meals together; photo from the Generation SERVE Facebook page

On Saturday, November 18, we join Generation Serve in celebrating National Family Volunteer Day with a special event, Austin Families Give Back, at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. This Family Volunteer Day event will provide families the opportunity to learn about giving back to our community while sampling hands-on service activities to benefit nonprofits across Austin.

This special event is free and open to the public, with a variety of service projects appropriate for children of age three and older. In order to participate, you must pre-register your family for a shift between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can sign up online here.

parks cleanup; photo from the Generation SERVE Facebook page

What to expect at Austin Families Give Back:
The event will be a family service fair where parents/caregivers and their children will be able to learn about our community’s needs and sample service projects to support organizations that fall under the categories of Animal Care & Services, Environment, Supporting Seniors, Foster Care/Child Welfare, Health & Wellness, Poverty/Homelessness, and Education. Each attendee will receive a Holiday Resource Guide that will include a variety of ways to give back and support the needs of our community during this year’s holiday season!

Stocking a pantry; photo from Generation SERVE Facebook page

Click here for more info and to sign your family up for a shift at this event. To learn more about Generation SERVE, please visit their website and Facebook page.

Thanks to all of you for giving back!