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What does service mean to you?

27 Oct 2015

Service can mean many different things to many people. If someone asks me why? Because it makes me feel good. I will give you the top 10 reasons here, but I can tell you what students have said about why to consider being a mentor: Dayjah said, “Think about the people in your life that inspired you and take time to say ‘thank you’ and pay it forward so I can succeed and then pay it forward”. Guadalupe said, “Make it possible for Horizons4Girls to continue to make a difference in the life of others as they did for me. Every girl deserves the opportunities Horizons helped me with”. 


#10: It's good for you.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

  • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
#9: It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
  • The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.
#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.
  • You can test out a career.
#7: It brings people together.
As a volunteer you assist in:
  • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
  • Building camaraderie and teamwork
#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.
  • Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you help:
  • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
  • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
  • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
  • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)
#4: You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like these:
  • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
  • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
  • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
#3: You get a chance to give back.
  • People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
  • Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
#1: You make a difference.
  • Every person counts!
VISIT our About Us page to find out more about what we do. Go to our listing on the Volunteer Center page at United Way’s web site. Or simply have coffee with me so I can share more information with you. Call me at 254-1584.
Volunteer today somewhere!
Char Pachniak
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