Summer is a time of many changes, especially for Military families. Not only is it; PCS season, but schools are out, and days are a little longer.  Staying occupied during this time of year is not hard, but planning can be difficult, especially trying to plan fun activities with your family.  One awesome way to get involved as a family is through volunteering! 

New beginnings, and times during summer breaks are a perfect time to volunteer.  Each installation has a variety of programs that are looking for volunteers over the summer months. What are some of the benefits of including some volunteer time in your summer planning?

Make new friends – Are you new to your installation?  Have you been at your installation for a while, but are having trouble meeting new friends?  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people.  Volunteering will get you active and if you share your desire to meet other people with your installation volunteer coordinator, they can provide you with volunteer opportunities that will include working with groups of people.  It is a fantastic way to meet new friends, and get to know the people aboard your installation and in the surrounding community.

Find out what's going on in your community – Do you feel like you always hear about the fun summer events happening in your community after the event has come and gone?  Volunteer to get the inside scoop!  Volunteering is the best way to stay abreast of community events and even participate to make them a success.  Planning for installation and community events starts weeks, sometimes months, ahead of time and most events are looking for people to help.  Talk with your Volunteer Coordinator to find out what’s happening near you and what you can do to support the event.

Help out the kids in your community – Do you enjoy making a difference in the life of a child?  Volunteer!  Your installation Youth Sports Program is always in need of coaches and volunteers to make their sporting events successful.  Volunteering to participate gives you the benefit of taking part, but also ensures that the families aboard your installation have an outstanding sports program.  Volunteers really make a difference in the opportunities available for kids, so volunteer!

This list is just the beginning! There are many ways you can impact your local community through volunteerism, and this summer may be the perfect time to start!  Not only will you benefit from volunteering, but your installation, and your community will also benefit. Reach out to your installation volunteer coordinator for summer opportunities today.  Don't hesitate.