It seems like every year, record levels of consumption are reported in the news as a result of major shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In an effort to balance-out the emphasis on 'getting deals' during the holiday season, a new day devoted to 'giving back' has caught on, and it just so happens that today is that day.

This is a guest post by Susan Crites Price containing an excerpt from her forthcoming book, Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age.

If your family is participating in Family Volunteer Day on Nov. 22, don't stop there. You and your kids can create a monthly "giving" calendar. Mark at least one day each month for a volunteer activity or pick some special days from these ideas:  

Join the generationOn team on Monday, November 10th at 4:30pm ET (register) or Friday, November 14th at 10am ET (register) for a brief 30 minute overview of The Joy Maker Challenge, including information about how to get involved and what you'll get for getting engaged! 

The following article was written by guest contributer, John Porter.

Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to see the brother and sister duo of Cole and Logan Layman, collectively known as In Layman Terms, knows that they are a powerful musical force with a bright future ahead of them. But, even if they weren't an award winning act, they would still be deserving of recognition for their efforts to make the world a better place.

Did you know that there are more than 21.8 million veterans in the United States or that war veterans make up 40 percent of homeless men in America? Veterans and service members have done a lot for our country. With Veterans Day coming up on Tuesday, November 11th, it's our turn to applaud their efforts and show our appreciation. 

Did you know that one out of four teens is bullied, and 80% of the time an argument with a bully ends up with a fight. An estimated 160,000 students stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied and the resultant humiliation. It's a tough world out there, and it's toughest in middle and high school. Bullying is a serious issue, and it is important to bring awareness to the dangers.

Today's #servicespotlight shines on 2014 Hasbro Community Action Hero Semi-Finalist, Grace Callwood of Abingdon, Maryland! Grace started serving at a young age by volunteering with her family when she was just two years old. At the age of 7, after being diagnosed with cancer, Grace decided that she would donate all of her new school clothes to two young girls living in a homeless shelter, thus beginning the We Cancerve Movement.