Father’s Day is held each year on the third Sunday in June – and is coming up this Sunday, June 19. Like every year, Father’s Day celebrates the contributions that dads make in the lives of their children.
But this year, instead of (or in addition to) buying him a new tie, a World’s Best Dad coffee mug, or a set of golf clubs, take the opportunity to show your dad how much he means to you by treating him to a service or volunteering-related gift – like these:
- Make a donation to his favorite non-profit or charity, or pick one that reminds you of him. For example, if he works in business, donate to KIVA, which supports small, entrepreneurial businesses in developing countries through micro loans. Or if he loves travel and reading about far flung places, donate to American Jewish World Service, which does humanitarian and community building work in countries around the world.
- Organize a day of volunteering at a local soup kitchen, nearby hospital or park. Then, treat him to a celebratory meal to wind down after a day of hard work. Check out Repair the World’s Service Opportunities database to get connected to a project near you.
- Does Dad love the outdoors? Register for Hazon’s Bike to the Beach day, which falls on Father’s Day to enjoy a beautiful bike ride to Coney Island and support environmental causes. Or, sign up for the Height of Summer Farm Day at Adamah in Connecticut to learn about sustainable agriculture and get your hands in the soil.
- Keep your dad up to date on all things related to service, volunteering and innovation. Set up a Google Reader feed for him focusing on sites like Ted Blog, GOOD, the Huffington Post’s Impact page, Hands On Blog and, of course, Repair the World’s blog.