I really want to start this blog with being completely honest. When I first came to Archer, the idea of completing my community service hours seemed insurmountable! My attitude and feelings about it, however, has evolved over the years. At first, my singular purpose was to get the hours done, but as I reflect on my feelings about community service today, I am amazed at how my intent has changed. I find myself thinking about how and where I want to volunteer. I ask myself, “How can I best serve my community?” I remember volunteering at “One Voice” and the head of the organization asked me to stuff envelopes. I thought to myself, “This is going to be boring.” I wanted to be doing something I thought would have more of a direct impact. The director explained that the envelopes I was stuffing actually contained valuable information that would greatly benefit the recipients. I learned that even though I wasn’t working directly with families in need, I was doing something that would reach many households and the results would benefit so many people. I spent two hours stuffing envelopes and talking with generous people who work to help families. I was amazed at how energized I felt afterwards just from stuffing envelops. I realized at that point that the things we do really matter, even if they seem insignificant.
Community service is a way to take an active role in the world we live in and to meet not just the people you are helping, but also the inspirational people who work for the organizations. My various experiences in community service over the past years have introduced me to different people and many of these people have added so much to my life. As Senator Edward Kennedy once said, community service, in a way, is selfish, because the who give and volunter, get so much in return. I am gaining an understanding of that.
So why do I like this idea of a blog about service? It is, in a way, an act of community service. It is a way to share something with the Archer community that will hopefully motivate, energize, and deepen everybody’s community service experience. How great would it be to write about your experience, sharing what you did, who you met, and how it made you feel? This information may encourage someone who reads your blog to think, “That sounds like something I’d like to do.” Or, “I should try that.” The blog is an opportunity to talk to each other, encourage each other, support each other, and get the word out about service. Blogs can be as short or as long as you want them to be and can talk about any aspect of community service.
Also be sure to check back soon for some upcoming information about some thanksgiving service opportunities.
So, what are your thoughts and experiences? Let’s hear it!
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