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Community Service

Community Service is an important part of your Career & Technical education, and here are the Top 10 Reasons you should take advantage of community service opportunities (as listed by the University of California--San Diego):

  1. It's good for you.  Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards by
    • Reducing stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
    • Making you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate help to strengthen the immune system.
  2. It saves resources.  Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on other services.
  3. Volunteers gain professional experience.  You can test out a career.  Volunteer work can count as "work experience" on a resume.
  4. It brings people together.   As a volunteer, you assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal and building camaraderie and teamwork .
  5. It promotes personal growth and self esteem.  Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
  6. Volunteering strengthens your community.
    • As a volunteer you can help
      • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
      • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
      • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
      • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)
  7. You learn a lot.  Volunteers learn things like these:
    • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
    • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
    • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
  8. You get a chance to give back.  People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
  9. Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.  Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
  10. You make a difference.  Every person counts!