Speaking of community service...

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Speaking of community service...
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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:07pm

I'm curious, how old were you, when you first started serving in your community?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:14pm

I grew up in a Christian household where "doing good" was part of every day life.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:25pm

I don't really remember how old I was.

Community Leader
Registered: 02-06-2006
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:34pm

Most of my community service as a kid came through church.

Our church participated in an interfaith hospitality network program for the homeless.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:46pm
I have found that serving in church is a great *jumping off* point for other community service. My kids are getting an opportunity to "get their feet wet" trying all sorts of different things, then following what really captures their interest. One woman has really been pressuring dd14 to help out at youth group, and to get involved in the student leadership stuff. Dd has no interest in it, as she really feels called to help new mom's and young children. She plans on spending next summer helping out at a crises pregnancy center (that's not affiated with our church).
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 1:52pm
I didn't grow up in a Christian home, nor was it one where serving others was a priority.

Our faith is very important to us, but I want my kids to want to serve, not b/c it's something to check off their list, or b/c it's the Christian thing to do (or whatever faith), but b/c they have compassion for the circumstances that others find themselves in (whether is be parents, children, animals, the environment, or....). I want it to be a way of life, b/c it's the right thing to do. I want them to be compelled to *do something* b/c not doing anything leads to apathy, imo. I also want them to understand that, there are needs all year long, and that helping out should be a way of life, not something that is considered charity, or something to be checked off their *to do* list, then move on to something else.

BTW, this isn't in response to anything specific, lol. It's just some general statemtents.
Community Leader
Registered: 02-06-2006
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 2:03pm
That's excellent that she found something which interested her! And what a great way to contribute.

Its great when kids can get exposure to variety of different options so they get an opportunity to figure out what calls to them. I felt very protective toward the vulnerable, elderly people we did projects for. Maybe because we were going to their homes and seeing how much help they needed in a very personal way?

Also, sitting afterwards on a porch with lemonade listening to a man reminisce about my hometown the way it was 70 years prior, or another discuss the really interesting 300+ year history of his home, or having one lady enthusiastically show us every bit of her massive and amazing garden, it was the first time I remember thinking of senior citizens (other than my grandparents) as "people" instead of "old people." If that makes sense?

Anyway, it stuck with me.

I hope when I have kids they find something that "calls" to them in that way.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-04-2009
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 6:03pm

I was pretty young.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 7:38pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2000
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 8:44pm

I don't know if it's considered "community service" but my parents were involved in many organizations when I was growing up that fostered a sense of "good will toward others" in me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 10:40pm

I don't know what my first community service project was, but since I was a girl scout (brownie and junior), I was probably around 7 or 8 years old at the time.





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