Thank you Allstate for sponsoring this post. I chose to write this post because doing good in local communities is at Allstate’s core.
Have you ever wondered how you could encourage your child to make a difference in your community, even if it was a small action? Allstate believes in youth empowerment. One of the ways that Allstate inspires our children is through giving back. This helps them to become the next generation of leaders that will make decisions for good changes in our community.
My daughter enjoys getting her construction paper and markers out to make greeting cards for those that need a little cheering up at the nursing home in our neighborhood. This gives her an opportunity to be creative and to give back to her community by leaving behind a friendly card to those that may be lonely and need a little pick-me-up.
Allstate believes that children aren’t waiting for change to happen, they are creating it. I enjoy sitting down with my daughter to jot down ideas on small ways I can encourage her to help our community. She always comes up with a lot of great ideas and is enthusiastic about making changes for the good in the area where we live.
As you can see in the video above, by lending their hands, hearts and voices to their communities, children are not only making change, but they’re also building critical social and emotional learning skills like problem-solving, empathy and teamwork. These skills are important building blocks to help ensure their future success.
Here are some ideas my daughter and I have come up with for how to make a big difference in our community:
- Bring cheerful cards to a nursing home and physically hand them out. (Call before you arrive, so you can hand them out at a good time.)
- Host a bake sale or lemonade stand and give all proceeds to your favorite local charity. You’ll see in the photo above, that I helped my daughter bake some brownies that she will sell to help earn money for our local animal shelter.
- Check in on an elderly neighbor once a week. Ask them if there are any small tasks you can help them with around their house, or just sit with them and play a game. You could also bring a baked good or hot meal to them, to let them know you’re thinking about them.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.
- Donate gently used toys and/or clothes.
As a mom, I find it comforting to know that Allstate’s dedication to the communities where they live and work is core to who they are as a company. Don’t forget to learn more about what Allstate is doing in local communities by watching the video embedded above. Then you can brainstorm with your child about how they can take an active role in helping your community.
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.