Giving Back to the Community

Abbey Horan

This website lists some important reasons to go out and volunteer in your community and give back. Generally, they're to improve the quality of life for the people in the area.
The benefits of giving back to your community
This video explains why it's not only beneficial to your community for you to volunteer, but also to your personal health. Helping others is a great way to improve your mental and physical well-being, as well as others. What more reason could you need?
Here's a list of reasons to help your community. In short, it's beneficial for you experience-wise and health-wise. It can improve your social skills and the quality of services for people in your community.
Some reasons this list gives to volunteer in your community is to gain a new perspective and get an inside view on the problems people around you are facing. By doing this, you can gain a sense of belonging and feel even more integrated into your community.
This website skips the list of importance and goes right into a list of actual places online to start donating or volunteering. It provides a short article for the author to explain why they feel giving back is important, because no matter how hard you have it, there are people out there that have even worse.
This list from the Huffington Post magazine gives different activities you can take part in to improve your community. For example, you can contribute to a mural or you can plant trees or pick up garbage and help clean your community. You don't have to go to a food pantry or an animal shelter to give back.
This article states that volunteering is good for the mind and soul and it can give you a sense of fulfillment. You can find something you're passionate about.

Ideas of how to give back:

1. Go around your neighborhood and offer to cut the lawns of people who need it. They may not have the time. You don't need to ask for money in return.


2. Shop at a new small business in your area every couple of days. They need help getting their feet off the ground.


3. Find a homeless shelter and volunteer there. You'd be surprised how many amazing people with insane stories worth hearing that you could find.


4. Donate to charities and foundations that go to helping your community.


5. Donate clothes and food to shelters and pantries.


6. Plant some trees at your local park. Pick up the trash while you're there.


7. Big brothers, big sisters


8. Help at libraries or schools.

Places in Joliet

Joliet Hope Center is a Christian food pantry located on 511 Oak Leaf Ct, Joliet that even offers things like story time for kids.


The Will County Humane society also offers community service opportunities.

Quotes

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
Kahlil Gibran


“The bank of love is never bankrupt.”
Steve Maraboli

Vocabulary

community- a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.


charity- the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.


volunteer- a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.


relief- a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.


distress- extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain


deplorable- shockingly bad in quality.


burdened- cause (someone) hardship or distress.