It’s your final year, you have all your courses, and you are all set to graduate. However, there is still that one thing that you have to do: yes, it’s the 40 hours of volunteering you kept on postponing. It sure doesn’t sound like a lot, but now all you are thinking about is how and why do you need to go through these 40 hours of what seems like torture.
In 1999, Ontario’s Ministry of Education issued the requirement of volunteering outside the classroom to graduate from high school. For many students, including past me, didn’t realize it’s importance and disclosure; however, after trying it for the first time and talking with volunteers, my perspective changed.
Volunteering has much more to it than you think, as it is not only about helping others and your community but also it’s about personal development and gaining experience. In other words, it is a mixture of giving back, gaining knowledge and skills, and building an advanced environment. The services students offered are making our society a better place. Whether it’s by making sure everyone has food and shelter at the end of the day, or by assisting an elderly, our actions are paving the way for a thriving neighbourhood. Moreover, the community we live in influences our lives, as the public and the area we live in defines our identities. As a result, it’s important to make our districts secure and advanced.
I interviewed a volunteer at WMB Church, Brenda Nickle, she had been volunteering for a long time with the Church while working a full-time job. I asked her: What do you get from volunteering? she replied, “volunteering is about giving back to your community, and more importantly by volunteering you get this personal satisfaction, that you are fulfilling your purpose in life. I volunteer in the cooking class, here at WMB, and I did not only meet new people but also I feel the holy spirit within me because I am doing exactly what Jesus did.”
Everyone can support in the making of a better community by volunteering. Voluntary actions are essential in our growth as individuals, as Abdi Maawiye, a social worker at our school who founded Education 4 Change said: ” I am getting more experience, and I am contributing to the community which makes me feel better.”
It is clear that in volunteering the benefits always exceed the costs, as you meet new people, learn more about societies, gain knowledge, experience, and self-esteem, and above all achieve a better community not only for our generation but also for the next generations. With that being said, these compulsory community hours are everything but torture, and now with the help of the internet, all these voluntary actions are a touch away from you. Here are some opportunities you can try now in the Kitchener Waterloo region:
- Do you want to help in fighting hunger? Volunteer at your nearest Food Bank.
Do you want to help prevent suicide? Volunteer at the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention by contacting them on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do you want to help by being the eyes of someone blind? Volunteer by downloading Be My Eyes app where you can help blind people all around the world.
- Do you want to help someone homeless and assist people in their crisis? Volunteer at Ray of Hope.
- Do you want to build houses for people in need? Volunteer at Habitat For Humanity.
- Do you love animals? Volunteer at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society.
- Not sure what you want to do, well check the Volunteer Action Centre for diverse volunteer opportunities
- Do you want to volunteer at a Church? You can always go to your Church and ask them for voluntary actions you can do, or you can check WMB Church
- Do you want to help the elderly in your community? Here are some agencies and organizations that offer volunteering options.