Why Do Community Service?
Jan. 18, 2018
Concorde proves through action each and every year that it believes in serving the community. Every year our health care students, faculty and staff log thousands of hours volunteering for worthy causes and at events throughout the area. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.
But why is performing community service important? We decided to get to the heart of the matter by taking a long, hard look at who benefits from community service and what the reasons are for doing it in the first place.
21st Century Leaders, an organization that works to inspire our nation’s youth to lead, recently published a blog that explained it thought community service is an important aspect of life.
Why health care students engaging in community service is important
According to Joi Henry, a high school sophomore and 2013-14 Youth Leadership Council member, community service involvement is important because volunteering teaches people of all ages and backgrounds compassion and understanding. There are opportunities to leave a mark on your community.
It can be an avenue to explore areas in which you express interest. For instance, a health care student from Concorde volunteers at a blood drive or health fair. Not only can it be fun, but volunteering looks great on a resume or college application. Sometimes, performing community service is even required for high school graduation.
The case for community service for health care students
The Huffington Post recently published five reasons it’s a good idea to perform community service.
- You would be great at it. The great news is that you don’t need any qualifications to perform community service other than being a person who wants to do it. There currently are 64 million people in America doing volunteer work.
- It’s fun and it’s free. Identify what you really like to do, and there’s a pretty good chance that some organization associated with your interests is going to want your help. And, if practicing cooking skills at a soup kitchen is what you want to do, or learning how to bathe a ferret at an animal shelter, you can get all the practice you want for free.
- You become connected to your community. You’ll meet tons of good people who live near you. People who share your passions and interests.
- You have the time. Community service doesn’t need to take up all your time. Take a family member with you, and twice the amount of service work will get done in the same amount of time.
- People and organizations need your help. Last year, Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours, which has an economic value of about $171 billion. This is a life-saver for some organizations. Volunteering can have a tremendous impact on the volunteer, also. Research shows that students who volunteer have improved reading, math, science and history scores. Also, students who volunteer are 19 percent more likely to graduate from college than those that don’t.
Concorde health care students care
In 2017, Concorde health care students, faculty and associates performed more than 3,000 hours of community service in their various communities.
“Community service provides an identity for the college and showcases the distinguished work we do for our students,” said Vanessa Davis-Warner, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Aurora, Colo. “Community service is also a platform to give back to the community and support the lives and needs of others.”