First, a big thanks to all of our NPCC Military Division Members both individuals and Families, we honor your duty and service. Thank You and God Bless.
Sometimes, NPCC Veteran Military Family members whether due to a lack of transportation, time constraints, a disability or other reasons, many prefer to volunteer via phone or computer; there are many NPCC projects where you can help.
Writing and graphic design lends itself to working at home, and in today’s digital age many organizations might also need help with email and websites. If you think home-based volunteering might be right for your family, contact your local NPCC and they will make sure that organizations that are best for your family are contacted and presented to you for selection. Some family volunteer organizations may require attendance of an initial training or periodical meetings. Your family would also want to make sure that they are getting enough social contact, and that the organization is available to support should your family have questions.
Family Volunteering many times brings what the NPCC likes to call the happiness effect. Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between families that volunteer and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people that participated in family volunteering, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who joined their families and volunteered monthly and 12% for people who joined their families volunteered every two to four weeks. Among weekly family volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers. Wow! This is why the NPCC is excited about you and your family joining our work in your community.
First, your family must ask if there is something specific that they are interested in.
For example, do we want…
…to make it better around where we live
…to meet other families and people who are different from us
…to try something new
…to do something with our spare time
…to see different ways of life and new places
…to have a go at the type of work that someone in our family might want to do as a full-time job
…to do more with our interests and hobbies
…to do something our family is good at
The best way for your family to volunteer is to match your family’s personality and interests. The NPCC has put together some questions that will help families do this.
Would your family like to work with adults, children, or animals, or remotely from home?
Would your family prefer to work alone or as part of a team with other families?
Would your family be better behind the scenes or do would they prefer to take a more visible role?
How much time are would your family be willing to commit?
How much responsibility would your family be ready to take on?
What skills does your family offer a volunteer job?
What causes are important to your family?
In your family’s search for the right volunteer opportunity, don’t limit your family to just one organization or one specific type of job. Sometimes an opportunity looks great on paper, but the reality is quite different. Try to visit different organizations and get a feel for what they are like and if your family clicks with other staff and volunteers. The more satisfaction your family has as a volunteer, the better its contributions and the more likely they’ll continue.
Your family should always enjoy themselves. Most importantly, make sure they’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If they’re not enjoying themselves, ask them why. Is it the tasks they’re performing? The people they’re working with? Or are they uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and unfamiliar? Pinpointing what’s bothering your family can help you decide how to proceed.
Overall the NPCC knows that Family Volunteering benefits mental health, physical health and social support. We look forward to working along side you and your family as one of our NPCC Veteran Military Family Members.
It is simple to start your NPCC Veteran Military Family Membership: simply complete and submit the Veteran Military 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.
This will take you to a Membership Dues Payment Page.
Submit Annual Dues