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The Benefits of Volunteering

Renee Eder on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Looking for new ways to spend quality time with the family? Volunteering is a great way to pass on family values, problem solve, learn new skills, and create new experiences.
Research has shown that children have fun when they volunteer, and volunteering also:

  • increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.
  • enhances social skills.
  • helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
  • makes children less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
  • creates a lifelong ethic of service. Children who volunteer or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
  • advances the common good, and children realize that they can be part of the change.

Did you know that this Sunday, March 15, from 1-4 at Gesher Jewish Day School, the Jewish community of Greater Washington will join Israel and countries from around the globe for a day of community service.
Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community in which we live. Last year, in our community alone, we had more than 5,000 volunteers who took part in this initiative. This day will offer our entire community a variety of hands-on volunteer projects where you can roll up your sleeves and make an impact. There will be projects for even the youngest members of our community! 
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is proud to partner with Gesher Jewish Day School and several local synagogues to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages at Gesher Jewish Day School. To register as a volunteer, please visit If you are interested in being involved with the event, contact

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