Reilly, Rosemary C. and Vesic, Vesna
Family volunteering: Making a difference together.
Leisure / Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies, 27
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This paper discusses the implementation and evaluation of a family volunteering program, an initiative using a broad definition of family working together to: enrich the lives of others; strengthen family ties; and improve the quality of community life. Two families participated by volunteering together at a seniors' centre. Summative evaluation of the pilot and interviews conducted one year later suggest that participants experienced beneficial effects, describing the experience as enjoyable, meaningful, and integrative, as well as increasing their motivation to incorporate volunteering into the lives of others. This pilot confirms that family volunteering successfully combines community service and leisure into a gratifying and worthwhile activity for participants of all ages, extending the customary boundaries of the concept of family recreation.
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