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Volunteering Can Be a Family Affair

New State Farm® survey reveals busy families can find creative ways to volunteer and support neighborhoods

In a new survey conducted by State Farm, parents say lack of time is one of the biggest barriers to volunteering. Knowing that spending time with family and friends often takes precedence, State Farm wants to help parents see they can easily do both.

The State Farm Volunteerism Survey sought to understand how and why U.S. residents volunteer and the role it plays in communities across the country. The data indicated people want to volunteer with people they know (77 percent) and close to home (33 percent for a neighbor and 21 percent in the local community).

Additionally, the survey revealed people still want to get involved - they just need a few suggestions to get started. With these key findings, State Farm wants to provide families with ideas that can be quick, easy, and include everyone.

Here are some tips to get families volunteering in their neighborhood:

  • Make it creative: Tap into your kids’ creativity by drawing pictures and writing cards to send to veterans.

  • Meet your elders: Grab a family board game and sign up to visit a nursing home or assisted living facility. Often residents look forward to sharing their stories and making new memories.

  • Make a healing meal: Through online services, it’s easier than ever to sign up to help a family or friend after illness, injury or even birth. Sign up to make dinner and ask your kids to help make the menu and meal.

  • Get active: Sign up to volunteer as a family for a charity walk or run, kids can hand out water or snacks and cheer on participants.

  • Invite others to the party: When planning birthday or block parties, ask for donations instead of a gift, to fill a care package and give to a local shelter or other person in need.

  • Go outside: Find a local park or beach that needs to be cleaned up. Kids can wear protective gloves to pick up trash and feel great about making an immediate difference.

Parents can find summer volunteer opportunities by searching related to all the tips above and more.

Download and share these tipsheets with full details:


About the Survey

In November of 2016, State Farm fielded an online survey of 5,182 respondents across generations. The purpose of the survey was to better understand how and why U.S. residents volunteer. Also to find out the role that volunteerism plays in communities across the country. The Survey identified who volunteers (and at what level, how much, how often), who does not volunteer, and why they volunteer (motivators). Its purpose was to determine the root causes and give us insights on how to inspire and incent volunteerism.

About State Farm®:

For over 100 years, the mission of State Farm has been to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its more than 19,400 agents and 67,000 employees serve over 91 million policies and accounts – including auto, fire, lifehealth, commercial policies and financial services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for rentersbusiness ownersboats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 44 on the 2023 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit