Community Service: Improving the World and Yourself

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Community service is one of those rare, unique things in life that helps the world and you at the same time. Fortunately, there are as many ways to pitch in as there are great benefits--so let's take a closer look at what you can do for your community (and what it can do for you).

A Helping Hand

When you choose to donate your time and effort to help people in need, work for a worthy organization, or contribute to a project you feel strongly about, you're giving a sort of "two-way gift." Naturally, the people you're helping get to benefit from your kindness--but so do you. Community service comes with all kinds of personal advantages, including:

  • Development of leadership skills
  • Practice improving teamwork
  • Mental health benefits
  • Strengthened problem-solving skills
  • Opportunities to make new friends and develop contacts
  • The satisfaction of helping others

To be fair, "the satisfaction of helping others" might seem like a cliche--but the truth is that it can be incredibly beneficial to your emotions, focus, and self-esteem to shift the focus from yourself for awhile and fulfill tangible achievements in your community.

Community Service Ideas

Looking to lend a hand but aren't sure where to start? We've got you covered. Check out our list of community service ideas!

Animal shelters

If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity that allows you to spend time with adorable pets all day, there's nowhere better to start than your local animal shelter. There are always dogs who want to be walked and kittens who need to be played with!

Food drives

Food drives are a great way to get started with community service because you can do them right in your own neighborhood. Just be sure to check what kinds of food your local shelters or community pantries can accept!

Building beds

According to our own data, 2-3% of U.S. kids don't have beds to sleep in. Sleep in Heavenly Peace offers opportunities for volunteers to help solve this crisis by building and delivering beds to families in need, and we're always looking for people willing to pitch in.

Looking for more information about community service? Interested in helping kids get a good night's sleep? We're happy to help (or to have your help!). Contact us or find a build day happening soon near you!