The Value of Community Service

The Importance of Participating in Community Service Projects.

While suffering through unbearable holiday traffic on my way to deliver toys. I found myself wondering about all the smiles the toys would bring to suffering families. Smiling, I reflected on all the times someone helped my family though tough times and decided to write an article on the benefits of doing community service.

Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” That change must start inside first. Being apart of Phi Beta Lambda, I witnessed the change in myself, members and FBLA-PBL as an organization.

Change is inevitable and even though at first it might not look very promising. Remember, that helping with the smallest tasks can make a real difference in the lives of people. Nevertheless, when everything looks hopeless and we might feel inadequate that we can make a difference. We must stay grounded in our belief system and realize our full potential as a change agent.

“Love is not patronizing, and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa 

See volunteering is a two-way street. You reap benefits when you dedicate your time to helping others. Besides the warm feeling inside your soul, you develop new friendships, expand your network and social skills. There are many benefits of doing community service.

  • Help others
  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Learn about different careers
  • Personal growth
  • Gain new friends

Volunteering connects you with people in need and helping make their life better impacts our communities. The love and caring you bring to others helps them fight through their hardship. Meanwhile, every time you help someone through a rough time it gives you the strength to fight through your own trials and tribulations.

Volunteering has helped my self-confidence and given me a new-found sense of pride and accomplishment. I have learned that the more positive I feel about myself, the more successful I am with achieving my goals. When we focus on others, our tribulations seem to be easier to deal with. I challenge you to “Elevate you Future” through volunteering in your community.

Happy Holidays,

Mark Creech

AZ PBL President