To help others is something taught to almost every child in their earliest years. It is an idea so simple and sticks with most throughout their lives. Many selfless people donate much of their own time and energy towards the humble joy of helping others. I come from a normal background, I live with my parents and younger sister.
My typical school day consists of sitting in a classroom and taking notes. While there is great value in this style of learning, my community service work has taught me the many benefits of learning not only from teachers, but also from classmates, partners in the community, and individuals at volunteer sites. It has also taught me to be an active member of my community and to share the responsibilities that go along with that role. I believe that helping others, on whatever scale, is a healthy way to grow and learn more about yourself, as well as those whom you aid. On average, when people think about community service, they assume that volunteering is just ‘hours we need to be able to graduate’ and that is it. Community service is more than just hours; it is based on the acts performed by someone with the purpose of helping or bringing benefits to their community. Being a volunteer means that, that person is giving his or her time and skills to help their own community and those in need, whether in service, project, or organization.
All across the world millions of people are in need of help from others. They need people to help provide money, food, time, or care. This need could be on a smaller scale even with something as simple as the need to have someone being nice. I have always enjoyed the feeling that I acquired after doing a good deed or simply helping someone out. It is a gratifying experience to see how happy your actions can make others feel. Our actions can always be impactful when we see the joy and gratefulness on the faces of the people we have helped.
This past winter I volunteered at the Jingle Bell Run. The Jingle Bell Run is organized to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation, my experience with this event was amazing. It was very fun and festive and helped raise funds for benefits research. I was responsible for setting up tables and signs to guide the runners throughout the event. Aside from this opportunity, I have been able to make blankets and birthday cards for children in hospitals. I later transitioned from volunteering to babysitting. Taking care of younger kids helped me learn about responsibility and how to become a person other people can rely on when they need something. At the beginning of this volunteer experience, I walked in hopeful that I would gain some knowledge and have fun while helping out, but I got so much more than that.
I learned that community service is about making an impact in the lives of other members who share my community. Through volunteering, I have learned that many organizations exist only with the help of volunteers from the community. I have seen the amount of joy that volunteering brings to those who you are helping out. I discovered a feeling of self-satisfaction that no other activity can bring, and lastly, I have learned to spend my time wisely. People’s lives are changed every day by their actions and experiences. None of this service asks, “what’s in it for me?”, all of it requires setting aside personal convenience for unselfish service. I strongly believe that we are happier and more fulfilled when we act and help for what we give and not for what we get.