Community service is a big deal. Serving is the best way to learn and grow. Lately, my thoughts are more on how to be a greater person. When I researched community service, I found this short essay from a 8th grader that got it right. Enjoy the five reasons to do community service...
1. You would be great at it. You really would. A lot of people don't get involved in volunteering because they say they aren't qualified to do anything. They think they are lacking the skills. The great news is that you don't need any qualifications other than being a person who wants to do community service. If you're willing, you're able. There are currently more than 64 million people in America doing volunteer work through organizations.
2. It's fun and it's free. The fun part is that you will do something that truly
interests you. Maybe animals are your thing, then volunteer at an animal shelter, or cooking, then head to your local soup kitchen. It can be anything -- even helping out your neighbors with errands that they can't do on their own. Identify what you really like to do, and there's a pretty good chance that some organization associated with your interests is going to want your help. And if practicing your cooking skills at a soup kitchen is what you want to do, or learning how to bathe a ferret at an animal shelter (yes, I've done this), you can get all the practice you want for free.
3. You become connected to your community. Volunteering in your community guarantees that you are going to meet tons of people that live close to you. People who share your passions and your interests. I don't go to school in my town so my local volunteer work helps me stay connected to my community and my neighborhood.
4. You've got the time. You may think that you don't because sports, school, friends, family, work and even the Internet take up a lot of time, but you really do have the time. My parents always say that busy people always have time to do more, and it's true. Community service doesn't need to take up all your time, and take a family member or a friend with you. You'll have fun doing it together, and twice the amount of community service work will get done in the same amount of time.
5. People and organizations need your help. Last year, Americans volunteered about 8 billions hours, which has an economic value of about $171 billion. This is a huge cost-saver and in some cases, lifesaver, for organizations and people that rely on volunteers to get the job done. Just look at the recent events in Oklahoma -- people across America are pulling together to help that area rebuild after the devastating tornadoes. Closer to home, it could even be your neighbor who needs your help for some babysitting time so she can get out of the house and go on a job interview. Your help has a wide reaching impact, on her, her family and even the economy.
Volunteering can have an enormous impact on the volunteer also. Research shows that students who volunteer have improved reading, math, science and history scores. Also, students who volunteer are 19 percent more likely to graduate from college than those that don't.
Have you been of service?