Exercise more … stop smoking …volunteer. That sounds like a good line-up of New Year's resolutions. From the United Way of Central Illinois, Springfield-based president John Kelker says volunteering can not only help others, but it can be a way to teach kids to give back. “Not all volunteer activities are for families, and that’s OK, but it can be something you can introduce to a 12-year-old or a 10-year-old, so at least they understand that it's not all about me, and let's think beyond that and make some time for others,” says Kelker.
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Kelker says the most important thing to remember is, even though feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless seem to be big news at the holidays, the need is year-round.