Community service and volunteering has been increasing steadily over the past ten, even twenty years. People now, more than ever are coming together to help others. If the service is real so are the benefits.
These selfless services help kids and teenagers see beyond themselves and help them recognize a need in others. Helping others, being able to feel compassion and do something about it is a very monumental lesson to learn for young people. Getting in the habit of regularly volunteering as a family activity can help kids see the wold with a new perspective.
However, some volunteerism is done by soon-to-be college graduates with nothing better to do other than fill their resume up with community service bullet points to make sure their resumes are up to par. Yes, having help from others is better than nothing, but the intent is missing in most cases.
If the intent of giving to another person is missing, the giving itself misses it’s compassionate essence. Basically, the person doing the giving will not be receiving the true benefits of helping out another human being. This is something that is widely seen within the recent high school grad or college student population.
Statistically, the more a student was engaged in community service and active volunteering earlier on in their age are more likely to become civically active later on in their lives. Building this mentality within our kids promotes better, more active citizens down the road.
It’s of utmost importance to our country and to our communities to give back. Something that has been passed down to all of us from older generations is the sense of being part of a community. Today, with technology taking up most of our free time and less face-to-face interactions, our sense of community in this country is dwindling. Volunteerism is a way to counteract that unfortunate trajectory.