What can you do for your community?
What can you do for your community?
  • 승인 2018.12.27 15:46
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A former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, stated in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” These famous words inspired many children, adults, and others around the world to reflect and look at their own participation in civic action and public service.
What do these terms mean? Civic action and public service are similar in meaning. Civic action refers to taking action when you believe something is not right, something in the community needs to change and that you work towards achieving that change, while public service means finding a way to give back to your community. In many countries, volunteerism is an essential part of each community. There are many ways people give back to the society in which they live.
In America, for example, parents often volunteer at their child’s school in some form or other. Depending on their child’s age, they can perform different kinds of services. Many dads will coach their son’s baseball, basketball, or soccer teams. This kind of service keeps the dads active and able to spend time with their sons in a leisurely activity. Moms on the other hand will help with selling girl-scout cookies, to help raise money for the girl scouts organization in their community.
Young adults and university students, often do small things like donating blood or platelets every so many weeks. This is a very important public service that truly saves lives and takes just about an hour from the time you walk in the door to the time you walk out. Another way this demographic serves the community is by reaching out to an orphanage, volunteering at a school to read to children, or by helping fundraise for their school. By doing any or all of these activities, and others, young people learn to give back to their community.
So as a member of the CBNU family, what have you done for your community? What can you do for your community? Think about one or two small ways you can give back to your community. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
• Blood or platelet donation (on CBNU campus)
• Orphanage visit
• CBNU Buddy program, be “a buddy” to foreign students at CBNU
• Joining a school club that offers volunteer opportunities in areas that may be related to your major.
• Volunteering in a church ministry at your local church
• Searching for civic minded organizations, such as the Korean JCC’s or Junior Chamber International, (JCI)
• Volunteering at a hospital, helping the elderly, or the sick, that have no family to take care of them.
There really are various ways you can give your time and feel rewarded by the satisfaction you receive when you give to your community. Life is a lot of give-and-take, but it’s always better to give than to receive. As you read this and the rest of this issue, think about your contribution to the society you live in. Is there somewhere you can volunteer? Once you have decided, take action and sign up to do something. Once you have committed to doing something long-term, do your best to stick to that activity. Even if it’s hard at first, or challenging like nothing else you have done, give yourself time to get used to what you do. Consider this your challenge for the next year, 2019 and let’s make a difference together.

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