“Helping People – Changing Lives.”

Jacob’s Well slogan: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, They have the heart.”

Lincoln Lutheran students came to the Jacob’s Well for volunteering and they enjoyed to distribute foods and help people in there.

Throughout history, volunteering has evolved into a cultural connection; a common characteristic of humans on a local, national, and global is the desire to help one another. Volunteering gives the opportunity to change people’s lives, including our own. It gives people the satisfaction of playing a role in someone else’s life, helping people who may not be able to help themselves. Volunteering is a way of giving back to your community while developing important social skills and gaining valuable work experience all at the same time.
Volunteering has a positive effect on your community – and its good for you too. We often as ourselves: “Why do we need to volunteer?” and “What is the benefit of volunteering for us?” The answer really is simply : Volunteering makes a valuable contribution to your community and when you help others it offers the benefit of learning more about yourself. It may even put you on a path to your future career. The following are some of the potential benefits of volunteering.
The first is gaining valuable life experiences and skills, always a good reason for people to volunteer. Community activities allow students to get involved with new things and develop their social and academic skills that couldn’t be experienced in a classroom environment.
Another benefit is meeting interesting people, both the ones you are helping and your fellow volunteers. No matter the age, building relationships with people is crucial. When working with various groups and meeting different people, one will find that they have information and ways of looking at the world that can broaden horizons. Moreover, you can make a new friend with someone who might have a different situation.
Academic credit is get another benefit of volunteer work, an activity required by Lincoln Lutheran. Other high schools offer academic credit for volunteer work through service learning – a program that offers hands-on learning through service to the community. Lincoln Lutheran has a number of service hours set for the different high school grades, totaling the number of service hours for four years exceeds thirty hours. So get out there and get involved. Stop stressing about the number of hours and start having fun. Senior Cassie Shambaugh-Miller, said: “Even if I didn’t need service hours, I would still volunteer because it’s the right thing to do. We have it a lot better than other people and one of the easiest things to give is our time and work.” Remember, volunteer work is meant to be more than what most make it out to be.
Yet another benefit of volunteering is to show colleges you’re committed. College admissions have become much more than GPAs, test scores, and letters of recommendations. They also are interested in your experiences and your social skills. Therefore, volunteering become a good community activity to improve your college application.
Someone once said: “Volunteers are not paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” This statement can improve the attitude at the volunteer. It has made people excited to serve; usually spending a weekend to give back. Many enjoy volunteering because they love to help and be a blessing to others. Mrs.Stahr (Lincoln Lutheran teacher) said, “I am really interested in volunteering because I believes God wants us to show our love to people by helping them and I can do that by volunteering. They may not have people in their lives that treat them with kindness and respect. The way we impact people for Christ is by developing a positive relationship with them. In this way, I pray they can see Christ in us and want to know Him.” Moreover, volunteering also shows a person’s character: generous, compassionate, and good-heart. Simply because one is kind enough to give up a few hours of our time and put it into our community.
In conclusion, volunteering makes a society grow and prosper, both for volunteer and those in need. This has impacted our human heart, providing valuable life lesson: love one other as we love ourselves. American humorist, Erma Louise Bombeck said: “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another”.