When you get involved in your own community, there is a connection, a sense of oneness and solidarity when you are able to be a part of these changes on a consistent basis, not just for a short time. You can assist in the improvement and be a part of the sustainability, which is often difficult for some areas without consistent community effort. And you can also reap the benefits of seeing the people’s lives you are helping change course of, through different stages of their lives (depending on the type of volunteering you are doing).
Often, when the media is covering big issues outside of our country, it causes us to focus more on donating to foreign relief efforts as opposed the ones happening right around us. When the focus is of helping people much farther away, we don’t necessarily know where the monetary efforts are going and we can’t see, live and breathe the residual efforts benefitting the community continuously and at large.
‘Plant a seed in your very own backyard and reap the benefits of seeing it go through all stages of life with your helping hand’