With the holidays behind us and our eyes set on the New Year, we’ve all got things like fresh beginnings and resolutions on our mind. What better time to create a new family tradition? Now is the time to consider donating your time and teaching your children about the importance of making an impact within your community.

Now that you’ve all had time to play with all the new, fun and shiny toys, turn your attention to the gift of giving back. What better way to start out the New Year by exploring volunteer opportunities? Open up your calendar, get on the web, and explore the endless opportunities to engage in a fun and memorable volunteer event experience with your entire family. 

We have a few recommendations that will not only make a significant contribution to the community but will have a lasting impact on you and your family.  We are confident you will have such a powerful experience that you will inspire your kids to make this a family tradition each year. 

Here are some of our favorite events for you to consider:

Kids for the Cure®

May 10, 2014 is the date for this year’s Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure™.  Make your way to the Washington Monument on the National Mall to take part in the 5K route (3.1 miles) or the 1-mile route. You may choose to walk or run either route. When kids ages 5- 12 register as Kids for the Cure®, they’ll receive their very own Race T-shirt and official Kids for the Cure bib. Visit GlobalRacefortheCure.org to register.

Youth Corps
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to be a part of something bigger – ending breast cancer forever. Net proceeds help support research, scientific programs and community-based breast health and education programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The 3-Day Youth Corps is a specialized team that allows young people from the ages of 10 to 16 to participate as crew members on the event. Each Youth Corps member is required to raise $500 by the time of the event in order to participate. Visit The3Day.org to learn more about the program.

Lil’ Muckers
MuckFest™ MS is a mucky romp through mud and obstacles in support of a world free of multiple sclerosis. The run is pure athletic hilarity on a 5K course full of mud, and featuring 20+ outrageous obstacles that will spin, swing and fling you up, down and sideways. The Lil’ Muckers area is a mucky playground space at MuckFest™ MS. The Lil’ Muckers area is free of charge and is designed for kids ages 5 to 11 who aren’t old enough to participate on the full course. Visit muckfestms.com to register.

If one of these opportunities won’t work out for you, here are other sites you can review to find the perfect fit for you and your family:

Share your family-friendly volunteer experiences with us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear how you all are impacting change in your community and setting the tone for giving and giving back with your children.

She may live in the smallest state in the union but Meredith’s got a big heart for volunteerism. Meredith Cleasby is a volunteer production manager for Event 360, a marathoner and a recreational triathlete. Stop by and say hi to Meredith on Google+ or LinkedIn.   

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