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What is Community Service

Updated on October 12, 2012
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A misunderstanding

A while back I was chatting with a pal of mine that I had not spoke with in a while. As our conversation turned to our jobs I informed him that I worked for the Humane Society and that I also put in extra hours for community service. He laughed and immediately asked me what I was arrested for and how many hours I received from the judge. Although I insisted that I had not been arrested or was in trouble with the law, he just shrugged it off and continued to tease me about being some sort of criminal. The conversation soon moved on to other topics and we eventually got off the phone. Over the next few days I decided to mention community service to other people and to my amazement about 90% of them asked about my crime. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, I was and still am confused about the publics opinion about community service. When did community service get such a negative connotation? It is literally service to you community. Since when is service to you own community a punishment? Shouldn't be a mark of pride? I get it that when a person gets into trouble for a minor crime they required to pay their debt to society by serving their community, but when did it come to that point of thats all it meant?

Why is it That so Many Think of This,

Instead of This?


Why do so many people I know shun community service or feel that it is just for delinquents or old people? Many people that I know would rather shoot themselves in the foot than volunteer some time. Has our society become so self centered that we do not care about our neighbor? This is not some country in Africa that we have to go improve, it is our own back yard, our own towns and neighborhoods that many refuse to give to see succeed. It seems that, at least where I am that any mention of giving to the community and giving up for the betterment of the greater good is looked upon as some kind of warped socialist thought. Maybe it is just me, but I feel that is what that look people shoot me is portraying. I have tried to wrap my brain around it, but have failed to comprehend why society looks upon social service as an inconvenience or at best a good loophole for a tax break and not a mark of community and national pride.


Why Community Service is Important

Every community needs its citizens to perform some sort of community service. This is a fact. If citizens did not get involved in the community, the community would cease to exist. It is some peoples career to serve the community, yet there are a lot more who give their personal time to their community for the betterment of the community itself. Not, only that but it makes you feel good as well, knowing that you are part of something bigger than yourself. This is also good for personal growth and personal mental health. When you feel better about your environment you feel better about yourself. When you feel better about yourself, you can do things you never imagined possible. When your community prevails you prevail and when you prevail so can your community.


Benefits of Community Service

I do not understand this?? I volunteer at the Humane Society and I volunteer for the American Red Cross. I am helping my community, and I love it. I am actively involved in my town, and through this I not only make my neck of the woods better, but it makes me a better individual. Not, only does it make a better me but it makes me a better boyfriend, brother, and son. I also am given the opportunity to meet and interact with wonderful selfless people. I am able to get involved with a great network of citizens some of which will become life long friends. Now a perk of all this is you never know who you will meet when you volunteer your time. For example when I was in a tornado ruined town in the midwest with the Red Cross we had a fellow who lost everything, so instead of having it break him, he volunteered with a kitchen group that was with us. Now every day he would get up leave the shelter and head to the kitchen and cook till they shut it down. Now, eventually we cleaned up the area and as this group was packing up and heading home to South Carolina one of the volunteers owned a restaurant and offered this fellow who lost everything a job, on nothing but the principle that he volunteered day in and day out. This is not the only story that I know of this kind. In fact this is how I was offered a job with the Humane Society. I was out of work and I was bored of watching the History Channel so I began volunteering there and was soon offered a job. These are just a few good things of volunteering you time to your community.

Great Things Can Happen When Everyone Works Together

The Possibilities

I am still not sure why many people refuse to get involved, maybe it is that they cannot find way to help out or may be scared of what our cynical culture may think if them. All I can say and all I want to say is get out there! You will never know how it will go, you may find a new passion, a new purpose, or a future relationship. It will definitely change your life. You will feel more in tune with things, you will feel part of something bigger than yourself, and you will become a better person, as that fellow form the suit place says "your gonna like the way you look, I guarantee it."

Do you volunteer on your community?

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    • Jordanwalker39 profile image

      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from NC

      Thanks for the feed back. Hey, when I feel that way I just put in more time at the Humane Society, I know the animals really do appreciate it. : )

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      When most think of community service it revolves around something a celebrity does to keep from doing jail time. I used to volunteer for everything, and then, came a point, where the feeling of doing something good became a feeling of doing something for those who didn't want to do it themselves. I know is sounds weird, but sometimes it happens. Good, strong hub!

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from NC

      Thank you. I am glad you help out and do your share, and for reading my hubs haha.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I second Bill's comment, if more people helped others, less people would ask you what you got busted for :)

      I do my share of volunteer work. Whether virtually or in my neighborhood...I'm just paying it forward. Kudos to you Jordan!

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from NC

      Thank you so much. I just hope it prompts some more people to take action.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Jordan, you do a good job of volunteering too. Kudos to you!! Thanks for sharing on an important subject that others should be aware of. I am helping along by sharing this hub.

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from NC

      Maybe you are right. Heck, it fits better than most reasons I have come up with.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My guess....people feel shitty knowing that someone is doing good out there while they sit on their butts doing nothing...but maybe that's just the cynic in me. :)

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from NC

      Thank you Billy. I am happy there are more out there who get the same lame jokes. haha. Why do you think it is this way with community service?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An important message here, Jordan, and congrats for the stance you are taking. You are absolutely correct, and I have run across the same lame jokes when I do community service. I don't know what it is about the U.S., but community service seems to be a dirty word to many.

      Great hub and keep on doing what you are doing; we need more like you.


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