Here are some tips and ideas to help get your family on the giving train this holiday season (and the rest of the year).
By Erin Renzas
The holidays are a great time to teach your kids that it's better to give than to receive, but it can be hard to figure out where to start. So we asked some experts to give us the lowdown on what parents should look for when seeking volunteer opportunities for kids.
At what age can children begin volunteering?
"Children who are old enough to understand some of the circumstances [and] benefits of what they are doing will obviously gain more from the experience," says Robert Rosenthal, director of communications for VolunteerMatch whose website helps match potential volunteers with opportunities from nearly 61,000 nonprofit organizations. "I think that even children as young as 2 can at least have a basic appreciation for the impact of their good deeds."
What are some of the unique or interesting opportunities open to small children?