We are proud of all of our Military individuals and Families. They really make a difference for our country and becoming an NPCC Military Family Members helps their families not only help their communities but work along side other families to help build friendships and relationships in our communities.
Here are several things that The NPCC recommends considering when deciding to become one of our NPCC Military Families:
Sometimes busy schedules can allow for little family time. Volunteering is a great opportunity to devote time to spend together. You can bond with your loved ones while also giving back to the community!
Life lessons can be taught through service. By volunteering as a family, you have a chance to expand the perspectives of your children and expose them first-hand to new issues. Talking them through their activities can help them reflect on their experience and grow in their understanding.
Encourage life-long volunteering. When families volunteer, children are more likely to develop the habit of giving to their communities, and are more likely to volunteer on their own in the future.
Start your own family tradition. It may be ringing bells to raise money during the winter or assisting with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project every January, but you can start a tradition of service that will create life-long memories.
Invite the whole family. Use your volunteer activities as an opportunity to spend time with family members you don’t see every day. Strengthen your entire family by including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in your volunteering activities. You could even plan your own event – talk with your local park district and arrange your own project.
Choose an activity together. Discussing possible volunteer opportunities can be a great way to help kids think about what matters to them and can help you learn about each other as a family in new ways. Making the decision together is also a great way to ensure that everyone is excited about the activity.
Consider letting kids bring their friends. This may make the service experience more fun for them and could also inspire more families get involved in volunteering.
Volunteer as part of a family vacation. Serving together can be a great way to have lots of fun, explore a new place together, and make a difference at the same time.
Look for opportunities that can accommodate the skills, interests, and maturity of all family members, especially the younger children.
Over the past two decades the NPCC has also seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. This research, which is presented by CNCS in a report titled “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,” has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
Comparisons of the health benefits of volunteering for different age groups have also shown that older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering, whether because they are more likely to face higher incidence of illness or because volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing.
Some of these findings also indicate that volunteers who devote a “considerable” amount of time to volunteer activities (about 100 hours per year) are most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes.
Please check out each of our Military Family Sections and become a member today: simply complete and submit the Membership Form at the bottom of each page and then select either one of the Membership Dues ICONS and submit your Membership Dues. That is it; your family is now an NPCC Military Family Member!
To start your NPCC Military Family Membership simply go to the Military Family Membership Page that best fits you, complete and submit the Membership Form at the bottom of the page and submit your Membership Dues. It is that simple. Any Household Member can begin to receive all the NPCC benefits for as little as $13.02.
You may also click on one of the Membership Types below to get to Your Membership Page:
MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS:
(Membership Dues: Annual = $125.00 and Monthly = $13.02)