Family Volunteer Day

National day of giving back celebrated in the Twin Ports

It’s National Family Volunteer Day and in the Twin Ports, families were volunteering their time to give back to the community.

Family Volunteer Day is celebrated across the country to kick off the holiday season with giving and community service.

In Duluth, families gathered at the YMCA to get in the holiday spirit and work on service projects. They made cards for veterans and military service members and snowflakes for Harbor House Crisis Shelter.

Children and parents sat side by side, working together to give back to their community.

“A family that volunteers together also strengthens a family unit and they get to know each other in their relationship as well as what they’re doing in the community,” says Harbor House Crisis Center Executive Director Barb Certa-Werner.

Five families attended the YMCA event.

Organizers say volunteering is filled with teachable moments and getting kids involved when they’re young encourages them to keep volunteering throughout their lives.

“Well, it’s important to give back so we want to have our daughter growing up seeing that happen and being part of it as a kid so it’s part of her life her whole life and for us to remember to keep volunteering as well,” says volunteer Dave Schaeffer.

Family Volunteer Day helps kick off the United Way Day of Caring event on December 7th.

To learn more about volunteering or to sign up, visit


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