June 3rd, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti
In the midst of the global pandemic and our busy lives, volunteering may seem like an impossible duty. Required community service attracts many people, as it has a benefit in some way to the giver (they could gain volunteer hours, and look better in college applications & resumes), but voluntary volunteering only comes from very few--the people who want to spend their time and energy helping others and making the world a better place. I strongly believe in community service and I think it is something in today’s society teens should more actively participate in. In my opinion, it should not be done for clubs or college applications, it should be done from the goodness of your heart to serve and help your country.
Community service is a defining factor in my life. One way or another, I want to give back to people through my work--that could be through donations, writing articles, going on service trips, and volunteering with the elderly. Like most people, I used to think I had better things to do than volunteering and only did it because it was required. After joining a volunteer organization that required me to do 100+ hours (the irony), I slowly grasped interest in volunteering and started to do it for the sake of helping people. When I volunteer, it’s like time flies. From that program alone, I was able to do almost 300 hours in about 10 months. It not only helped me build phenomenal connections with organizations and people in my county and state, but helped my refresh my mental health and helped me gain more self-confidence. I became more open and was able to present myself to strangers without hesitation. I also happened to attend a service learning trip last year and that experience was truly eye opening. I saw people in conditions that I had never seen in person before and I realized I should be more grateful for the things I have in life and cherish them to the fullest. In addition, I also realized from my volunteering spree that I wanted to involve community service into my career.
Here’s some benefits that you will gain from community service:
In summary, if you are not volunteering yet, I strongly recommend you do! It not only appears well on college applications and resumes, but it also will help you in life, which is the most important reason to do it!
Here’s a list of amazing virtual volunteer opportunities that I've compiled during COVID-19: