Monday, June 6, 2011

Community Service

For students, an internship is a great way to get experience and obtain connections. However, getting an internship can be a difficult task, especially in today's economy.

If your having trouble finding an internship, another way to get experience, knowledge, and connections is to do participate in community service.

Community Service can be very beneficial to students, especially if they volunteer at organizations that are related to their career path.

Community Service benefits:

1. Networking- Volunteering can connect you to others. Volunteering strengths your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and important contacts.

2. Experience -Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization.

3. Can help define career skills and goals- Volunteering can help you build skills and use them to benefit the greater community. For instance, you raise awareness for your favorite cause as a volunteer advocate, while further developing and improving your public speaking, communication, and marketing skills.

4. Makes you feel good about yourself -Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Students can find volunteer opportunities at

-Community theaters, museums and monuments
-Libraries or senior centers
-Service organizations such as Lions club or Rotary clubs
-Youth organizations, sports teams, and after-school programs
-Historical restorations and national parks
-Places of worship such as churches or synagogues
-Online databases

Do good for your community, and volunteer today!

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one's ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.
-Harriet Naylor

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