Community Service

Posted: July 18, 2015 in Sports and Education
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There are many reasons that Community Service is important. And there are many reasons why people choose to become involved in community projects. One of the great things about it is that there are so many opportunities in most neighborhoods, and they are an immediate and effective way to give back, and to contribute something meaningful.

Community Service allows citizens to volunteer their time for something that they really believe in. It could be serving as a volunteer at an elementary school grading papers or tutoring children in arithmetic, or it might be walking dogs at your local animal shelter, or teaching adult literacy. With few exceptions, people who willingly give back to their communities with their time and energy say it is a very rewarding experience, that allows them to do things they might not otherwise have had the chance to do.

But community service is more than just rewarding. Volunteerism is one of those intangibles that looks great on a résumé or a college application. In some cases community service is even a requirement for high school graduation. And for many people it has the effect of deepening their appreciation of what they have, and too often take for granted. The citizens of the United States have many privileges that many people around the world can only dream of. Our communities are protected by dedicated public servants, like police officers and fire fighters, and others who work every day for the safety and betterment of the community.

Debra Purcell-Regis is a retired high school teacher who volunteers her time at a local animal shelter, and also works part-time at a community center where she coordinates a team of volunteers.

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