With the increase in activities available to both us and our children, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get things done.
Because of this busyness, volunteer community service has been put on the back burner in many families.
When the volunteer ethic is lost the community suffers, not only in the volunteer tasks that don’t get done, but also in the change in mindset, behavior and attitudes of the people living in the communities.
One of the three core focus areas of LeadThruExample is Community Service (the other two being Leadership Development and Personal Coaching).
This week I have taken 40 hours of vacation time and am spending the time volunteering at a youth camp.
I personally enjoy being able to arrive at their location and say: “Whatever you need done, if I possibly can, let’s get it done.” The mindset of being available to provide whatever service is necessary is a critical component of community service. Sometimes this involves tasks that I love, other times it’s a sacrifice on my part, but in the end it’s what’s needed, and that’s what volunteering is all about.
When we serve other people, in the ways that THEY need, it creates a multiplied effect in our lives. Some of the benefits include:
- Providing a service to people or an organization that may not get done without your help
- Getting to know new people
- Opportunity to exercise your strengths and talents
- Opportunity to learn new skills (because sometimes what is needed is new to us)
- Satisfaction in knowing that you served someone else
- Understanding of the situations of different people, building common ground.
When we, our families, friends and co-workers take time to serve others, we leave a little piece of ourselves with the community. This little piece of ourselves manifests itself in a care for the outcome of that community, which, when lots of people join in, leads to a vibrant, caring environment that benefits everyone: The whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
Consider serving at least one time this year in your community. There are many organizations that you can volunteer with, but if you’re having a hard time locating a group in your community feel free to give us a call and we’ll do our best to connect you with a group that’s looking for a hand…and a heart.
Where are you going to serve this year?