DAY 14: The Serve and Win Initiative
We’re challenging you to take on at least 1 community service project per academic term.
However, we know this won’t be an easy task — apparently volunteering is FROWNED upon in this establishment (in true E*Trade Baby Commercial tone)
Seriously, when did community service start carrying a negative connotation? I’m willing to bet either you or many of your friends have promptly given volunteering a thought along these lines:
“You mean we have to wake up early?“
“You mean we actually have to work?“
“You mean we have to put forth effort toward something that doesn’t directly benefit us?”
You know what I’m talking about (if you don’t… then… *ear muffs*)
Let’s turn this ship around, lead by example, and start making a difference. Who’s with me?
And if that charge didn’t leave you “Chompin’ at the bits” (idiom that’s always fun to say, interpreted as “really excited”) for some action…
Image this: we currently have over 6,000 Legendary Collegians among us (the legion is growing! Hint: subscribe to our weekly blog updates to join the crew), and if we all accept the challenge to take on at least 1 service project per academic term — we’ll say that’s a modest 4 hours per year per Legendary Collegian, at least — that’s an initiative that can add over 24,000 hours of service to make a difference all over the WORLD.
[PLEASE KEEP US UPDATED ON YOUR EFFORTS] — it will be really cool to track the initiative through 2014!
My friends… I’m willing to fight for that — are you?
So, What Exactly is Community Service?
Plain and simple: offering your time to help those less fortunate. Not to be confused with philanthropic efforts, which usually involves a monetary donation. Community Service is measured in hours served, not dollars raised.
But it’s not about racking up as many hours as you can — it’s giving back, regardless of how small or big of a commitment, that matters.
Well, Why Should I Care?
Making a difference is something you need to subscribe to. And service is your ticket, opportunity, and obligation as a contributing member of society.
We all have the ability to make the world a much, much better place. That would be a terrible gift to waste, wouldn’t it?
And as a result, you’ll grow more as a person than you can imagine.
“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” — Our very own, Scott Barron
Okay, How Can I get Started?
First, answer this question: what is something that bothers you in our country or the world? Then use the verdict to identify several projects expressly designed to combat your issue.
For example, I hate obesity — especially in children. I would offer my time to functions such as the NFL’s Play 60 campaign and at local schools to educate children on the risks associated with an unhealthy lifestyle.
The possibilities are endless — here are several volunteering favorites from the past few years:
- Dance Marathons (most universities have this, if not you can start one for your school)
- Local sporting events (either during in a food stand or afterward for clean-up)
- Local Boys and Girls clubs (awesome experience mentoring younger kids)
- Local university initiatives
- Habitat for Humanity (also do spring break trips to other countries, check it out!)
- Please share any you’ve been involved with or know of in the comments below!
Again, these are just a few I’ve personally been involved in, but there are many, many more.
If you’re not in a student organization, most universities have an office on campus that specifically focuses on community service opportunities in the area. Ask the front desk at your student center if there is such an entity on campus.
Bottom line: give back to your community and make a name for yourself with those community leaders at the event. Also, be sure to do this with friends… or make new ones if you go solo.
We know you’re out there working hard — if you wouldn’t mind keeping us updated with the hours you serve, we would like to add it to the initiative’s records. It will be really cool to see how we do this year!
Over the next month, be on the lookout for your new challenge every day — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
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Have any more organizations to recommend serving for? How about an update from your efforts? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!