Regardless of which area one is passionate about there is always something you can do or be involved in the community to make it better. Whether it’s the environment, children, the elderly, animals etc there exist a lot of community service opportunities.
The environment is one key area with lots of opportunities for each one of us to give back. From simple things like picking up litter, to wiping off graffiti, planting flowers, clearing drainages and seeing how we can recycle and play our part in reducing global warming. A lot of people have formed environmental volunteer groups to see what difference they can make.
Caring the elderly is yet another community service opportunity. There is always room for volunteers in hospitals, nursing homes and homes for the old. Being there for the elders is one way of giving back to the community. Old people need company, someone who will assist them with their exercise programs, and any issues they may have even if it’s just visiting them to talk.
Animal shelters also present the opportunity for community service. The animals also need to be shown affection and acre. There are volunteers needed to walk the animals, entertain and train them. Animals need to be socialized and this comes about through human contact. These are just some of the areas an individual or family can volunteer their time regardless of their lifestyle, income or age everyone has something to offer and can equally benefit. Community service helps improve the neighborhoods we live in.
Some of these community service opportunities create a very positive influence on young people and expose them to certain responsibilities many of them take for granted. Some of the benefits children learn from community service include:
• How to fill idle time prudently. Most children find this a fantastic alternative especially for those moments when they have nothing to do after school or during the holidays. They have found more meaning in their lives from the time they volunteer.
• Sacrifice. As children give their toys, clothes and also cut back on what they held on dearly they begin to see the greater needs of the world around them and appreciate what they have more and willingly give up things they initially held on to.
• That they can make a difference. Children start understanding that they can have an impact in people’s lives and that they are not insignificant their actions count.
• Job skills. Community service opportunities help children and youth make decisions about their future careers. Based on the brief exposure they have they are able to make more informed decisions as to what they would like to be engage in and the roles they would wish to take up.
• Responsibility. Through volunteering, children get to learn what it means to commit to something. They develop certain virtues and get to appreciate they are part of a larger community.
• Tolerance. After being exposed to different people with different abilities and backgrounds children learn to cope and accept others focusing more on what unites different people groups.