More reasons to volunteer for community service
- Medical skills – the skills of doctors, nurses, care-givers, dietitians, and nutritionists are vital to many of these community service organizations. Whether working with AIDS patients in Africa, China, India and the US or setting up clinics to provide primary heath care for the poor or immediate medical assistance at times of disasters, the services given by such medical professionals are indispensable.
- Various community service organizations undertake construction and engineering projects like building houses, schools and hospitals. Your services as an engineer or prior experience in construction can make you very useful for such projects.
- If you have excellent counseling skills, then you can put them to good use as counselor for victims of disasters who suffer from depression, substance abusers, misdirected youths who get involved in crimes and even for terminally ill patients. Often it has been observed that seniors or those who have been faced with “not-too-fortunate” experiences do well as counselors. In the former case, the candidates have age and experience on their side while in the latter case, the candidates can empathize with victims and this actually helps them to reach out to their victims. From a victim’s perspective, in some ways, it can be a big consolation to meet with someone who has been through a similar situation.
- Are you a born leader and have great organizational skills? Then you can involve yourself in the disaster management programs– build up teams, organize search and rescue and arrange for medical assistance. Having good leaders is essential because even with the best of intentions people need to be “guided,” and you can really help others with your leadership skills.
- Have you considered your church? Your church can offer you a great opportunity of reaching out to others. You can make a difference simply by talking to someone. You can join one of the “help groups” and help others.
You do not always have to join an organization to make a difference. If you are a good budget planner something as simple as helping your neighbor plan his retirement funds can be a valuable service. You can collect funds to build a children’s park in your neighborhood or join an education program at your local church. The idea is to help others and nothing is important or insignificant–it is the thought that counts.