Volunteering is a wonderful way to show that you care about where you live and its businesses and residents. You can make a difference in someone’s life right in your own backyard. When you volunteer time, money, or talent, you help make your community a happier place where people work together to make life easier for all.
How to Get Started
Your first step is to discover an area of service that you find fulfilling. It may not be what you originally expected. Some people start working with the elderly only to switch to assisting needy families or the homeless, while others work with children or the disabled.
Many volunteer organizations hold fundraisers, field trips or building renovation projects that only require a one-day commitment. These are good opportunities to see if you are well matched to both the organization that’s involved and the people it serves.
Once you determine how you want to get involved in your community—perhaps by tutoring a student, being a mentor, or delivering meals to local elderly citizens—make sure you don’t overestimate the time you have to offer. People will be impressed more by your consistency rather than the volume of your aspirations.
Remember, whatever you define as your community service almost always reflects your values and priorities. Your time is valuable, so make sure the commitment is there and you believe in the causes you choose to support.
Susquehanna Bank is a strong proponent of community involvement. Over the years, the bank’s employees have supported organizations in their local communities. Through volunteer initiatives, Susquehanna has established numerous programs that make a difference in the lives of neighbors in the communities the bank serves.
Article submitted by Susquehanna Bank.