The Importance of Community Service
Community… the whole of each of us. Regardless of race or ethnicity, every one of us makes up our towns and cities, our state, our country and our world. And when one individual does not achieve his/her potential, the consequences for the larger society are devastating.
Besides being inexcusably unfair to the individual denied a chance to succeed in the land of opportunity, allowing others to fall behind creates challenges for the community as well. We need to realize that sometimes people just need an outlet for love before the anguish turns to hate… hate which can directed at others in the community. From the neediness of one, or a few, stem many other problems that divert our attention and efforts from the main issues. Many dangerous crimes in our neighborhoods—murder, rape, assault, robbery etc. are most often committed by unemployed individuals trying to make ends meet, or those who know of nothing better to do for a living.
The rest of us then, who manage to support ourselves, are at risk of being the victims of these crimes. Any of us can be murdered or assaulted or robbed.
By allowing such incidents to take place, we also experience the spill-over affects of the haplessness of the few we chose to disregard. What could otherwise have been a peaceful and harmonious society becomes one of fear and hate.
Education is key to helping the unemployed and underemployed find suitable, well-paying jobs that will enable them to be financially independent. Most adults who have been working several odd jobs since their teenage years to make ends meet face difficulty in enrolling in college courses. They don’t have the means or the money to put themselves through school, college or vocational training courses, and very often these classes are not tailored to fit their schedules. Each of us can help bring education to them by teaching whatever skills we know. By assisting them in finding gainful employment and integrating them into middle class America, the community will gain few more individuals are now capable of aiding others who face similar financial hardships that they once did.
It is not just adults who need help polishing their skills to be successful in the job market. School children do too, as some of them living in disadvantaged neighborhoods do not have parents or guardians supervising their studies. Many fall behind as a consequence, and by the time they get to high school, are unable to cope with the stressful demands of academics and chose to drop out. Surely, most of us are capable of teaching elementary and middle school children. Teaching children is of particular importance, because we are preparing them to take control of their futures and solving potential problems that could occur in the future that rise from their hopelessness and failure.
Let us take charge of our neighborhoods, schools, and communities, lend ourselves and our skills for the benefit of others, and once again take pride in our promising tomorrows.
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