How to encourage people to participate in community service?
Many times, it is difficult to find volunteers as excuses given are, they don't have the time.
Community service, volunteering, of all kinds takes someone special. Many people do have the time, but do not have the calling. Those who are the type to give freely of their time will do so. Often it is just the simple requesting of a small portion of their time that will get the best response. Asking someone to volunteer 30 minutes is more likely to get a yes response than asking them to volunteer one day. Often after spending the 30 minutes, they will stay longer and come back to help without even being asked. Sometimes it is just getting their foot into the door that is the hardest.
Show them with your actions.
Many people may shy away or giving excuses for not participating as they do not know what they will be in for.
Show them without any commitment. Let them see what you do and how their participation can help others in need.
As the saying goes: Seeing is believing
So when you show them what you are doing and helping others, they will soon realize that they too should be part of your community.
Most people are reluctant to involve in community service as they don't know where to start, what to do and whom to approach. When you help a person in need, he/she will be ready to reciprocate your kindness and this is the right time to introduce them to the positives of volunteering. This has to be done tactfully without the other person feeling being pressurized. And keep the door open for them to leave if they are not up to it.
It is a matter fact that every one is provided with only 24 hrs a day and time management by proper scheduling is the key.
Sense of giving back to the society as and when we are in a position to do so must be cultivated during the formative years in schools and colleges.
The key to making anything work is through stimulation and motivation. Bringing people together in a spirit of comradery and co-operation, working together in harmany helping each other through various tasks makes for enjoyment. That I believe is how you do it.
I find that if I take someone along with me they end up getting into the spirit of things rather quickly and then call me to find out the next time I'm going. Lots of times, you have to find something they are passionate about to keep them motivated and interested.
Lead by example. I think people will more often do what you do, than do what you say. Born leaders can generate a lot of activity by leading the way. Many people will follow a good thing once they see it in action.
There are simple ways to begin outside of schools, churches, and service clubs.
Organize a party or get together with like-minded friends to do clean-up projects, help w/ things like Master Gardening Programs, help monthly at the neighborhood food pantry, read to children at the library, or visit nursing homes. Afterwards, treat your friends to a social meal. As a family, plan a project once a month to do together, and let each person give ideas and input. Once instilled, community service usually becomes a lifelong habit.
Suggestions for the busy ones with little time:
1. Write a check once a month for an affordable amount, and send it to your favorite charity.
2. Donate a bag of nonperishable food items to a community kitchen once a month or as desired.
3. Put together a few care packages every now and then and donate them to a church that has a community services department. These may be used for disaster victims. Packages can consist of a small towel, soap, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, comb, etc. in zip-lock bags.
4. Take nonperishable food to a community kitchen as desired. Volunteer two hours to help serve food to the homeless during a holiday season.
5. Carefully choose a few disabled or elderly individuals you feel would benefit from special attention. Send them occasional cards, make a friendly call, or drive one or two to a grocery store once a month. Those with regular visitors may not be the best candidates.
6. Tutor a needy child in reading or math once a week for 30 minutes.
7. Help a disabled child to fundraise for a worthy cause at least once a year.
Once you read these suggestions, add a few more and decide which one or more you want to assume. Each one should require little of your time. The reward for giving is greater than the gift you give.
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