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Community Service– It’s Good for You!!!

October 2, 2012

Have you ever been encouraged to do community service? Perhaps you have joined a March of Dimes or Alzheimer’s Walk. Maybe you have attended a Relay for Life event. Or you may have just helped out at your local church. Opportunities to do community service are everywhere, but many  people overlook them because they are afraid they don’t have enough time, they don’t want to get out of their comfort zone, or they may not realize the benefits to both the organization and themselves.  More and more students are encouraged and sometimes even required to participate in Service Learning. According to the National Commission on Service Learning, service learning is “…a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

Students benefit from service learning in many ways. For example, service learning helps students build character and gain life skills they will need in the future. Service learning also helps motivate students in the classroom and give them real world experience with what they are learning. Researcher Diane Hedin states that “[b]oredom is probably a function of what seems to many students an unfathomable gap between the curriculum and their everyday lives… Community service [learning] provides the critical missing link for many students, an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs and to make the knowledge gained usable in one’s thinking beyond the situation in which the learning occurred.”  This may also mean that by participating in some type of community service, students become more interested in what they are learning in school.

For high school students, completing community service hours looks great on a college application. Some high schools require students to complete a certain number of hours of community service before students can graduate or be admitted into Honor Societies or other clubs. Likewise, college students may have to complete community service hours to be in a fraternity or sorority. Community service looks good on other types of applications as well. By completing community service hours students can gain hands-on experience in a job field and can use the community service hours on their resume. Community service allows participants to try out a new career with no commitment and can help people decide on their goals for the future. For example, volunteering at a hospital can lead to opportunities in the nursing field. In addition, participating in community service can help you obtain valuable skills such as team work, problem solving, time management, communication, and organization that will help with jobs in the future. Community service also exposes students to other organizations or internships and can open many doors in a student’s chosen field.

So the next time the opportunity to help out in the community or volunteer somewhere presents itself to you take full advantage of it! Participating in community service not only assists others, but it opens doors for you as well. Volunteering may be the extra step you need to take to find your hidden passion, get the job you really want, or get into the college of your dreams. The possibilities are endless.

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  1. knboulav permalink
    October 2, 2012 9:35 pm

    People should involve themselves in community service to truely be a member of the community. I do believe that volunteering is important in educating the public about real-life situations. It gives people a sense of understanding, and gives every person the opportunity to help others. There are many forms of community service and it is recommended for colleges, as well as jobs. Reading this blog reminded me of the importance of giving back to the community.

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