Community service

Community service offers self-reflection | Opinions

Community service is very important for many reasons besides looking good on a resume.

I started volunteering in Odessa when I was in high school. Some of the organizations I volunteered with were with my community church, Teen Court, Salvation Army, and whatever opportunities came their way.

Lubbock being my home away from home, I learned a lot about the community. Sometimes volunteering with these people away from home becomes your second family.

It’s always a good feeling to see them again and to know that they are doing well and that they are getting better.

Volunteering and getting involved in the community gives me a good dose of self-confidence because I do good for others. For me, it gives me a sense of identity.

I believe that if a person has a free day, or even a few hours, they should volunteer at any organization that allows volunteers.

I have volunteered with low income families and it makes me appreciate all that I have.

It teaches us how important it is to help those in need. For me, being able to volunteer not only helps the organization, but also helps me give back to the community.

According to Help Guide, volunteering can help counter the effects of stress, anger, anxiety, depression, increase self-confidence and give meaning to action.

If you ever want to volunteer in Lubbock, the top volunteer organizations according to Volunteer Match are; The Buddy Holly Hall, Texas South Plains Honor Flight, AccentCare Hospice, Hospice of the South Plains, Women’s Protective Services, Communities in Schools on the South Plains, The Salvation Army of Lubbock, and Lubbock Habitat for Humanity.

One of my favorite resources for volunteering is the Lubbock Volunteer Center. They had over 60,611 people engaged in the volunteer hub program, over 243 organizations collaborating in a mission of hope, and over 25,222 people connected to a local volunteer opportunity.