This week is Volunteer Week in Canada and it is a good opportunity to encourage and remind your kids (and maybe yourself to) about the rewards of doing volunteer work in your community. Here's a link to inspire you.
I volunteer on a board for a local foundation and as much as some evenings going to a board meeting is the last thing I want to do, I always come back energized from meeting with a group of dynamic and passionate people. I think it is an especially great way to stay connected with the 'outside world' when you find the bulk of your time is spent at home with your kids and spouse. Sometimes a change is as good as a rest as they say. My volunteer work has also given me all kinds of great skills that are applicable at my work and even at home. Locally, the Community Sector Council is a good place to start when looking for a volunteer opportunity. Most organizations need a range of volunteers and can accommodate people with even just an hour to spare a week or people who want to volunteer, but need to do it from home. For example, some organizations are looking for people to make phone calls or bake cookies for bake sales.
I highly recommend getting involved, you and the community reap the rewards.