Thoughts on Community Service?

United States
April 14, 2013 8:33pm CST
Community Service is a required in an elective I am taking as part of my last year in high school, and so far, my thoughts on it have been going well, except this one girl in my class. Maybe it's just me, but she is always questioning what I think about doing my community service. I originally thought that it was enough to donate an adequate amount of money, but she expects me to do more than that. There's an organization in our school that helps us take care of families that are not so fortunate around the neighborhood. These families sign up for things and get these items near the holidays, and it just happens to be that the younger ones wanted an apple itouch. Is it just me? I kind of thought that helping the less fortunate meant helping out the ones who don't have anything, and not helping the families that "need" an itouch. I don't have one either, but I suppose they need it a lot more than I do. I've been cleaning up the neighborhood, which felt truly refreshing today because of the smell of Spring rolling around the crisp winter air.
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• United States
15 Apr 13
You seem to have the right idea with the thought that community service is more about helping the less fortunate means helping out the families that don't have much or have anything. But this does not mean buying them things or donating money to them. To me, community service is the giving of yourself (time and skills) to do tasks or other jobs that would make life a little easier or more pleasant for those who have very little. So, help a father repair a window or door. And not just one family. Help all the families on a block. Make it a project that would take you a month to complete. You will make a whole lot of new friends, and earn the gratitude of a neighborhood.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
15 Apr 13
I always thought helping the less fortunate meant that they needed things like food and clothes. I can understand collecting money to help with gifts, on place I worked would have raffles for different things and have bake sales and rummage sales and before the holidays, a group of people would go shopping for the things that kids of needy families wanted as gifts. We only got them what we could afford, they had to have a list of at least five things and if something was too expensive, we would move on down the list until we could get a few things for a lot of kids, instead of spending a lot for a few kids. The more money we had, the less money we spent per person, the more people we helped. Taking up a food drive and/or paper (paper towel, toilet paper, dish soap, bath soap, odds & ends also helps! Good luck with your community service and I hope you learn a lot on your journey!