Doing community service provides students with opportunities to become active in the community and positive contributors to society. Community service or volunteerism enables students to acquire skills and knowledge as well as provide a service to others that need it in some way. There are multiple benefits and gains from community service. Some of these benefits are:
- Psychological benefits: life satisfaction, feeling good about yourself, and decreases stress and depression.
- Social benefits: Engages students with the community, creates special bonds with the population served, as well as increased social responsibility.
- Cognitive benefits: Helps students enhance their knowledge, earn new experiences, and develop new skills.
Doing community service not only makes a difference to the organization being served, but also makes a difference on the students. Participating in community service activities enhances the students’ resume by allowing them to obtain work related skills prior to graduation, provides them good references for employers in regards to community involvement, as well as having an opportunity to do networking with potential future employers. Also, students develop civic and social responsibility skills and become more aware of their community needs.
So, students please see the Student Services Office and find out about the many different activities in which you can participate in order to help the community and yourselves!
Ms. Caridad Sanchez
VP of Academic Affairs
Florida National University