In a society that is growing more individualistic with every passing day, it’s reassuring to see that there are still some people working together to improve the community. The capitalistic society we live in is somewhat isolated from community work and focuses on profit maximization. Seeing a change in community service can bring a smile to just about anyone looking to see slightly positivity in the society we live in.
Community service is one of the most altruistic means of giving back to society. Instilling the discipline to take part in the community is one of the most important values we can give to the nation’s youth.
With that said, here are some community service ideas for students and the younger generation to take part in.
1. Donation drives
Especially after COVID, we have seen a rise in donations for needy people who faced numerous challenges due to the pandemic. Though food and money contributions are one of the most common, you can look at other avenues as well.
Consider a college book donation drive for students who can’t afford books for the coming semester. No one knows the struggle of a student better than another student. You can even donate old gadgets and technology that you aren’t using to help less-privileged students out.
Campus donation drives can be an exemplary display of social work and leadership skills. And one of the most significant benefits of being a social worker is that it can significantly benefit your career and set a good impression on potential employers.
People see you as an individual who is willing to take out time and positively impact society as a whole. Doing such social work can also help you see a new professional direction for yourself.
2. Volunteer at the shelter
Homeless shelters are incredibly short-staffed, especially due to the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, this would be a great time to lend a helping hand. Not only do they need people working in the main shelters and managing the place, but they need a fair amount of help behind the scenes as well.
We might not think about it too often, but shelters need help with their finances and administration as well. So if you’re a student good at numbers, consider donating your time to help manage accounts and gather donations. Other than that, they often need a fair amount of assistance in the kitchen. Preparing and serving meals to tens, sometimes hundreds of people, can be a taxing job for the staff.
If you are a student who has some free time, consider dropping by the local shelter from time to time to lend a helping hand in routine tasks. It can make a world of difference to some people.
3. Conduct awareness seminars
Education is one of the most important things you can give back to society. As a student, this is even more fitting. If you are looking to play your part in community service, consider educating the masses on important and relevant topics to everyone.
When COVID began, people conducted online seminars to educate others on the dangers of the virus. With online resources available to many people, consider educating local populations on whatever issue is bothering them at the time.
Be it juvenile delinquency, drug addiction, or the need to stay in school. Teaching and educating a group of people is one of the best things you can do for the community and can go a long way in helping society grow and improve.
4. Pick up some trash
If you live near a beach, hiking trail, or large park, consider taking some time out of your day and heading out with a group of friends to pick up some trash. We tend to have little respect for our surroundings and think we are entitled to litter wherever we feel like it. It might be a great idea to go out with rubbish-collecting poles and bag the trash you find.
Though merely picking up the trash is an achievement in itself, it would be great if you could sift and sort according to what is recyclable and what isn’t. Perhaps one person can pick up bio-degradable things, and another can pick up recyclable items. It’s really up to you how you want to break things down.
Though this may be one of the most physically taxing community service tasks, it can also be one of the most important. Littering is directly related to decreasing marine life populations and spreading infectious diseases. Try and do your part; every little bit counts way more than you realize.
Community service is something we should all take part in whenever we can. The betterment of our societies and communities falls on our shoulders, and sadly, we aren’t doing a good enough job. The more people we have on board working together, the more likely we will see visible changes in our towns and cities. The goal of community work shouldn’t be to get anything in return.
Instead, it should be self-satisfaction in knowing that you spent the day changing lives and bettering your environment. We are all responsible for our communities. Let’s start acting like it.