The Benefits of Community Service
(Community Service is not a requirement for CNUSD graduation)
According to the United Way (https://www.unitedwayhelps.org/blog/5-benefits-of-teen-volunteering), there are five benefits of volunteering for community service:
- Increase self-esteem
Acts of philanthropy can lead to a greater feeling of self-worth because helping others is fun and can help a teen reflect on what they have and enhance their sense of purpose.
- Gain more empathy
Volunteering helps teens see that not everyone’s life is like theirs. Helping people who have different life circumstances can help teens become more empathetic to everyone in their lives.
- Build long-term generosity
Getting involved in philanthropic causes early in life can set up a teen for a life of generosity. People who volunteer when they are young are more likely to volunteer and donate to nonprofits and causes when they are older.
- Earn better grades
Volunteering can also help teens academically. There is a positive correlation between students who earn good grades and those who are involved in community service. Volunteering helps teens gain new skills necessary for the job market such as leadership, communication skills, dependability, time management, and decision making.
- Become a Stronger College applicant
Having volunteer experience can be a great addition to a teen’s college application or resume. Colleges often look for well-rounded applicants and employers are more likely to hire people who are volunteers.
Volunteering helps and can be a key factor to securing a college scholarship. Many organizations offer scholarship funding to students who demonstrate community involvement and leadership skills. The scholarship awards are meant to appreciate and encourage students to give back to their community helping to make it a better place. The more hours you commit to volunteering, the higher your chances are of getting the award.
Tip: Make sure you keep track of your volunteering hours so that you can easily reference them when they are asked for on the scholarship application.