A major problem that affects local communities is the lack of motivation people have to go out of their way to volunteer. There are so many ways to dedicate your time to helping people in every community, but for some reason, the majority of individuals in this world do not.
The importance of volunteering should begin at a young age. Every school must have a community service requirement that not only forces a minimum number of hours served, but also incentivizes students to want to volunteer more than that amount.
As people get older, they need to continue participating in programs that allow them to give back. The problem a lot of the time is that work, family and other personal issues can get in the way of adults having the time to donate.
However, everyone from investment bankers to graduate school students can find a few hours every month to tutor a student or work at a soup kitchen. Once individuals get in a groove of doing this habitually, it will become part of their lives as something they don’t even think about.
Helping people less fortunate or others who just need help with something is beneficial not only for them, but for you as well. Many are generally surprised how good they feel after volunteering and more often than not, they actually enjoy doing it.
When you see that smile on another person’s face or you receive a heartfelt “thank you” from them, you know you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, as long as you took the time and did it, whatever it may be.
Another benefit of volunteering that most do not think about is that by setting a positive example, your friends and family may follow you and dedicate some time of their own to a good cause. By you giving up two hours per month and bringing three friends along, you have just contributed six hours of help for other people in need.
Today’s society allows for so many opportunities for people to help one another and there must be ways to facilitate this process. Once those mechanisms are set in place, our communities will be much better off, both for the people being helped as well as for the volunteers.