Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Giving back.  It is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, not only in college but in life.  Some people volunteer because of a class, some do because it looks good on a resume, others do because they enjoy it.  No matter what the reason is for volunteering I can tell you that all of them are positively impacted by the experience.  All of them have made a difference.

habitat humaity

Getting involved and giving your time is a rewarding experience.  Whether you tutor kids, help build a house, donate canned goods or plant a tree…you are making a difference.  There are many organizations on campus and in the Denton community that you can get involved in.  Today I am going to tell you about 3 of them.

BIGS is the campus chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.   You will be paired up with a child and spend one on one time with them.  It could be a day at the park, playing a board game or spending a day at the museum.  The schedule is flexible and you pick the time, but they ask that you commit a few hours a month to that child.

Habitat for Humanity has a chapter at UNT.  Besides helping build a home, members fund raise, raise awareness and work with the local city chapter.  Members pay a $5 membership fee each year.  The group told me that they fund raise in the Fall and those funds help support building in the Spring.

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed national service Fraternity.  It was founded on the ideals of Leadership, Friendship and Service.   The fraternity is open to anyone who is a student at UNT and if interested in joining you will need to take part in their pledge program.

Here are some things you might get out of volunteering:

  • Making new friends
  • Gaining important skills and experience that will help you later in life
  • Making connections that can lead to a job or career
  • Seeing more of your community and world
  • Building confidence and self-esteem

Have you been involved in community service?  If so, tell us what you did and 1 thing you gained from the experience.  Remember, your comments will enter you in a drawing for a cool prize (the winner will be announced today in this post at 4pm)

And today’s winner is: Mark McCall (your prize will be delivered on Monday)

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dan Lyche on September 25, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I have done lots of service i always volunteer at my church to staff retreats. i have also participated in habitat for humanity, it was loads of fun building a house with friends for someone in need.

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  2. Posted by Stephanie Williams on September 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I have helped out at my church alot in IL with retreats and i was a teacher for the 7th and 8th grade REC classes, i participated also in habitat for humanity with my dad it’s a way for us to bond and meet some amazing people also, i am also involved with FIRST which is a Robotics Competition, High schools from alround the world get to build a robotic in a few months and then get to around the country and some times the world when they win 2 years ago they had to race around a course and then put balls ontop of these over things, or get them over for points, i help out with the jugding of the competition with my dad also…. its so much fun 🙂 St. Louis though is my where my family is for this event.

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  3. Posted by Mark McCall on September 25, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’ve done a few projects here and there. One of my favorite ones, however, was World Changers.The people there were amazing and the jobs weren’t all that bad. The cool thing about this event was that you wouldn’t be paying attention to how long the work took you because you were always having fun.

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