Say It Mean It Do It!
Getting Involved in Your Community

By Gerald Thomas

I have lived my entire life along the philosophy that if you say something it should be more than just mere words, it should translate into meaningful actions, as the old saying goes, "action speaks louder than words".
How many times have you said to yourself, "1 want to get involved but l don't know how?"
There are many ways in which you can get involved in your community that could have a lasting effect on the quality of life, community development and helping those less fortunate than yourself.
From volunteering to serving on your Co-op board to running for a seat on your local School Board, you have the unique opportunity to entrench roots throughout your community that could lead to new opportunities and open doors that make a difference.

Benefits of Volunteering
The benefits of volunteerism are numerous:
Self satisfaction
Altruism (Selflessness)
Potential learning or acquisition of new skills
Specific benefits for the receivers of volunteer efforts
Status or reward
Career opportunities
Community Improvement

Examples of how you can get involved
Social Services
Civic groups
Cultural groups
Educational institutions
Health care organizations and institutions
Political organizations
Community Intergenerational Programs

So what are you waiting for, Say it, Mean it and Do it!


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