5 Ways to Give Back on Summer Break

Blending family, fun and generosity can make summer even more meaningful

Make giving back part of family get-togethers and summertime fun

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means! Refrigerators across the country are plastered with color-coded schedules of kids' sporting events, family activities and warm-weather outings with relatives and friends. It’s a tried-and-true way of making sure important to-dos and want-to-dos are planned and accounted for – including opportunities to make a difference.

The summer months can fill up fast, but a little preplanning and a dash of creative thinking can go a long way when it comes to giving back. For example, some families simply pencil-in a note on their calendar, like: "Plant an extra row in the garden to share with neighbors." Others might block out time for an annual fun run or turn a Fourth of July BBQ into an opportunity to collect canned goods for a local food pantry.

Ideas to add heart to your summer

If you’d like to create new learning experiences, bond with family and friends, and make a difference – all at the same time – check out these stories and then get started making your own!

Got a summer project in mind? Gather your friends and family and apply to lead a Thrivent Action Team fundraiser, educational event or service project.

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