"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." - Mary Ann Radmacher
National Volunteer Month - How Will You Make A Difference This April?
Celebrate National Volunteer Month, Register with PGK!
Like volunteering, registering on the PGK website is totally free! Also like volunteering, registering with PGK can help your kids in their own development as well as cultivate empathy for others. While there are many reasons you should register your kids on the PGK site, here are three great perks of registering that can help you and your kids make the most of not just National Volunteer Month but every month!
1. Keeping Track of Service - Giving back for the sake of helping others is great (and the reason why we should all do it). But in a world where being able to keep track of the things your kids do is increasingly important, PGK makes quantifying their service activities easy - great for honors programs, after-school job applications, scholarship applications, etc.
2. Earning Points for Activities - Registering as a PGK Kid can connect your kid with other kids by allowing them to join a team and score points for doing fun, age-appropriate service activities. And who doesn't like to score points and earn (virtual) trophies?!
3. Getting Updates from PGK! - From PGK’s newsletter to updates about new projects and activities, registering on the PGK site gives you VIP access to the latest PGK updates and news!
So this April, consider registering your kids on the Project Giving Kids website. Keep track of the ways they give back and expose them to how fun service can be! Got questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering how to register? It just takes 3 easy steps!
1. Visit: projectgivingkids.org/register;
2. Create your profile;
3. Find activities and document your kids’ service activities.
PGK Spotlight - Victoria Fleming, Boston
The idea came up while discussing the details of Victoria’s birthday party. On a day when many children are lucky enough to be surrounded by family, friends and gifts, we couldn’t help but think about the children in our own community who aren’t so fortunate. So maybe we could do something special this year, by receiving donations instead of presents, and hopefully other families would like the idea too. Victoria was immediately on-board and soon enough, the impact of her good deed would set in.
On the day of her party, we put out a big empty box with a sign, and had Victoria set the process in motion by donating a toy from our family (see photo attached). Her friends came with unwrapped gifts and filled the box. Parents expressed that it opened up some really good dialogue with the children who asked, “Why doesn’t Victoria want presents?” or “Why would Victoria give her presents away?” Not only did she receive more donations than expected, but also she had a full heart of pride and joy from helping others.
Something interesting happened the next day. We went to Target and her grandma let her pick out her own gift, a big toy camper. At the check out counter, the cashier remarked on what a lucky girl she is. Victoria told him that she had a toy drive at her birthday party the day before and would be donating all the gifts. The man stopped what he was doing and told her it was the kindest thing he had ever heard. He handed her a $5.00 gift card and said it was from him to her for doing such a good deed.
On the way out, Victoria stopped me and said, “Mommy, I get it now. If I give, others will give.” I said, “that’s right!” and we high-fived. Her sister turned to us and said she wanted to do a toy drive for her birthday party too. That was a proud parenting moment for Mom and Dad and an amazing experience for all. You can see by the smile on her face that she didn’t miss out on anything.
Thank you Project Giving Kids for the vehicle to donate and opportunity to share.
When the Well Runneth Over
By Molly Yuska, Founder of Project Giving Kids
During the month of February, we had the privilege of being featured by the Well Coffee House in Boston’s South Station as their “Nonprofit of the Month.” The Well is a cool concept – a nonprofit itself that serves up great brews and educates its customers on nonprofits around the city doing important and interesting work. We were humbled to be in such good company as organizations like Boston Cares and Cradles to Crayons, as well as partners of ours like Room to Grow and Project Bread.
But beyond just highlighting nonprofits doing good stuff, the Well Coffee House does something more too. It takes the everyday staple that is coffee and turns it into something that builds community. At Project Giving Kids, that strikes a particularly resonate chord. At our core, we are all about building community too. While we tout that early service and volunteerism cultivates empathy, makes our children stronger and puts them on a path toward greater self confidence and success (which it does!), the other side, and equally important to us, is the fact that through these early connections between kids, families and nonprofits, we stand to strengthen the very fabric of our communities. We stand to tie ourselves together by providing for the collective good of all through the amazing network of nonprofits that make our cities and towns places we all want to live, whether we are on the receiving or the giving end of the transaction.
As we gratefully accepted the Well’s month-end contribution (because yes, they dedicate a portion of their proceeds to their Nonprofit of the Month), we are reminded that when we act in the interest of others, it is often our own cup that runneth over in ways we didn’t expect or imagine.