The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Bringing young people and animals together to build empathy, teach responsibility, and inspire hope.
Our innovative programs promote and strengthen children's emotional health and family relationships. Nature Nurtures Farm is dedicated to providing educational, therapeutic, and recreational services to youth and families in a safe and peaceful environment that fosters dignity, compassion, and respect for all living things.
Children with emotional challenges often respond to animals in ways they can’t, or won't, to fellow humans. These bonds elicit a nurturing, empathetic instinct. Learning to properly care for and understand animals develops a sense of responsibility and pride. A child whose trust was shattered by a person is far more likely to risk friendship with an animal because the animal does not ask questions, doesn't judge, and never shares his or her secrets. Animals then help to bridge communication with caring adults, forming emotional skills that lead to healthy relationships.
Our humane education programs teach participants how to be responsible citizens and advocates for those who can't advocate for themselves. Children are naturally inclined to care for and protect animals; humane education can teach them to take action in support of a cause they believe in. This new role feels important and meaningful, boosts self-efficacy and self-esteem, and increases feelings of stewardship for the natural environment.