Everyone wants to live in a good, safe, thriving community, and few will argue against the importance of strong community connections especially for families. But strong communities don’t just happen. And it takes more than simply electing upstanding community officials and paying them a fair wage to do their jobs.
It’s a fact. Strong, vital communities do not become strong, vital communities without the support, energy, and efforts of local citizens.
If you’ve been waffling over the idea of little ‘ole you getting more involved in the community, consider these motivations for pursuing opportunities to “give back.”
- Volunteering provides a chance to experience something bigger than yourself
There’s something about doing /giving/serving without any expectation or assumption of receiving in return that is so inspiring and satisfying that it defies explanation. While some would argue that human beings are not capable of such altruistic actions, many more can attest to the truth that giving without condition is rewarding beyond measure. It’s one of those things you probably have to experience to understand. So pick a cause or organization and get to it.
- The rewards of giving “time” last longer than writing a “check”
“But why can’t I just give money? Don’t they need money?” Yes, they probably do need money. But why not hand-deliver that generous donation, and while you’re there, check the place out. Find out what else they need besides cash. The more you give of your talents, skills, time, energy, creativity – the more you give of you – the greater your connection and empathy will be for the mission and purpose of the organization.
- A new perspective is priceless
Have you ever driven by the soup kitchen, the free food pantry, or clothes closet and wondered who even utilizes those services? Do you question why your co-worker tutors kids after school? Then it’s safe to say your perspective could use a bit of refreshing. In our fast-paced lives, it’s so easy to develop tunnel vision that barely acknowledges the existence of people and circumstances beyond our own.
- Your efforts will save the community’s resources
Every hour that volunteers contribute saves local communities money. Those saved funds can be funneled toward improvements and innovations that benefit the entire community. It’s estimated every volunteer hour saves the community $15.39. Now do that math. That’s a whole lot of money that can be channeled toward keeping your community a strong, thriving place to raise a family.
- You DO have something to offer
If you’re thinking, “But what can I do?” stop that line of questioning right now. Absolutely do not let a lack of special skills rob the community of your involvement. Virtually anyone can pick up trash at the park, read a book to kids, work the concessions booth at the festival, and the list goes on. It’s practically endless. Start small but do start. Because when everyone does something, the impact is enormous.
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