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.
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)