Updated Jan. 1, 2009 -- Times may be tough, but leaving our communities behind can’t be an option. Through charity and volunteerism, come benefits – and not just for those on the receiving end of our generosity. Community service is a form of encouragement to those who have lost their way, to those who are developing in our world and to those who need that extra push.
With giving comes a sense of responsibility and purpose. People who are in need feel respected, feel necessary and may want to follow the path of giving back to their respective areas.
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Through our help, we are able to build bridges. We are able to help strengthen the weakest parts of our community, which means that we are helping build a stronger world for ourselves.
Community service also allows us to shatter barriers. Just as those before us overcame obstacles and economic hardship, it is our responsibility to keep moving our community forward. Every little bit helps. You can volunteer at the nearest shelter, at a church, and even with the 2008 elections. So, step up, volunteer, and serve your community.