Name: Ruby Griffin
From: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
School: Capital Friendship High School
Changing Lifestyles: Volunteering is Cool
By: Ruby Griffin
Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change people’s lives, including your
own. It gives you the satisfaction of playing a role in someone
else’s life, helping people who may not be able to help themselves.
Volunteering is a way of giving back to your community while
developing important social skills, and gaining valuable work
experience all at the same time.
But how can I get a job if all they want is experience, you ask?
That’s where volunteering comes in. If you’re looking for work,
volunteering is a good way to gain experience and references for your
course of life. Many people work unpaid in order to gain experience
in very competitive fields such as television, but some people may
not describe them as volunteers. Well then, what exactly is
“volunteering”? Many would describe it as any unpaid job,
which involves spending time doing something that aims to benefit
others. In that case, volunteering at an animal hospital, for
instance, would be a great opportunity. We’ve all seen the stories on
TV about animals in need. This is where you take charge of your life
and contribute a little of your time and energy into helping others.
You’re bound to get more out of it than you put in.
There are so many beneficial ways of getting involved in and giving
back to your community. Not only is volunteering a rewarding
experience, but it helps teenagers’ reputations. By giving up a few
hours of your day to clean up the local community park, you may bring
a lifetime of happiness in some child’s life. Or provide shelter and
warmth to a family who lives on the streets by volunteering to help
in building them a home. Why not spend a little time helping others,
because in the end, what goes around comes around.