According to the recent NPCC Survey of teachers, parents and students all agree that parent that are leading their families to engage in helping in the community has increased over the past 25 years. Given the role that family engagement plays in not only personal success, but life success, that is great news. However, the survey also noted that family engagement remains a challenge for many communities. In other words we have room to grow and get better.
NPCC representatives and leaders from the nonprofit and business worlds, global education experts, academics, and education advocates of all stripes, have found it inspiring how committed the group as a whole was to not just improving family engagement in the communities, but expanding engagement beyond the family, to the community in general. Two featured initiatives in particular seemed to embody it and have made a huge difference: an NPCC Family Membership and each family member’s enrollment in the NPCC’s RewardsNOW program. This was true even in those communities who have ranked last in community service in their states for most of the past decade. But it is not just getting more Families involved in their own communities that each community faces. These areas were once booming community assistance program communities, some large and some small. Today, there are just they are projected to do much better. Here are some of the areas that the NPCC will focus on in these communities. Many are unemployed (72 percent of students live in a household without gainful employment). Some of these communities have limited medical service connections, inadequate access to technology, and substantial drug and alcohol abuse.
Yet those in the community care deeply about it. And everyone agrees that the families and especially the children deserve every opportunity for success. So under the leadership of the NPCC and each of the local leaders, a determined and motivated NPCC partnership was born. Reconnecting each of these communities is a long-term effort. The difficulty lies in making educational improvements while addressing all of the community’s complex problems.
Each NPCC Family Membership will play a huge role in helping to transform many communities. It is an amazing bonding and can be very healing for each family that joins and works together to provide help in the community. When family members begin to help those in need and take the focus off themselves for a few hours per week it has an extremely positive affect not only on the individual family member, but also that entire family.
In addition Family Volunteering can help advance your career. If anyone in your family is considering a new career, Family Volunteering can help them get experience in an area of interest and meet people in that particular field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. These are excellent skill not only for parents, but especially for kids and youth. Your family might feel more comfortable stretching their wings in a job setting once you’ve honed these skills in a volunteer position first.
NPCC Family Volunteering offers any one of your family members the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field. In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in. For example, if there is an interest in nursing among your family members, they could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose them to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to their future careers.
Finally, just because Family Volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills your family will learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. For example, you could become an experienced crisis counselor while volunteering for a women’s shelter or a knowledgeable art historian while donating your time as a museum docent.
It is simple to start your NPCC Family’s Membership: simply complete and submit the Family Membership Form below and then select either one of the Membership Dues ICONS and submit your Membership Dues. That is it, you and your family are now NPCC Members!
After you have submitted your Membership Form above,
please click on either the Annual or Monthly ICON below.
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