Thank you Allstate for sponsoring this post. I chose to write this post because doing good in local communities is at Allstate’s core.
We all want to raise amazing children that will make this world a better place. It is just a natural part of being a parent. My husband thinks it is important to teach our three boys…this life isn’t about them, and making themselves happy. Instead, we want them to look for ways to give back and help others.
A great way to inspire our kids to give back is by taking initiative and scheduling opportunities for them to do so. It is important to research these opportunities and fit them into our busy schedules.
We also make sure we have very intentional conversations with our children about the values and lessons we want to pass down to them during their childhood.
There are so many opportunities for volunteering in every community. Sadly, there is poverty everywhere. Look-up or call to ask when your family can serve food at a homeless shelter, or pick up trash at a nearby park. If our kids see litter on the ground, we encourage them to pick it up, instead of walking by it. Little actions like these makes the world a better place.
We love Allstate, and have enjoyed their services for years. They have a clear dedication to the communities they serve across the country and they believe in youth empowerment. We share this belief. It starts with the messages we teach our kids at very young ages. One way Allstate looks to inspire the next generation is through community projects; empowering young people to become the next generation of leaders, and change-makers.
Our kids feel empowered and inspired when they can actively give back to their community and others. We recently had a conversation with them about ways that they want to make an impact locally. We love our church in Pennsylvania because there are always opportunities for our family to provide meals, resources and gifts to people who need them especially at Christmas time. There are ways to do activities like this in every city, we just have to seek them out.
If you don’t have the time to serve during a special community event, you can use one of the ideas our kids thought of, and go to various parks with a trash bag to collect any trash you see. I know my boys do not like to play at a dirty park, and other kids don’t either.
Allstate believes young people aren’t waiting for change to happen, they’re creating it. As parents we can teach our kids to be more positive, more giving, and more caring toward others. Community service is a great way to do that.
Check out the video below to learn more about what Allstate is doing in local communities.
As you can see in this video, by lending their hands, hearts and voices to their communities, youth are not only making change, but they’re also building critical social and emotional learning skills. These skills like problem-solving, empathy, and teamwork will help them ensure their future success.
How do you make a difference in your community?
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.