posted on Jan, 21 2009 @ 12:37 AM
Some of the replies already stated go to show the entitlement mentality that has some people jumping to conclusions.
You know I do community service voluntarily several times a month. Yea thats why I am not on here nearly as much as I used to.
See there are actually people in America that do take pride in their communities and volunteer their "free" time to make their towns a better
Aside from cleaning up the three lakes around my apartments which provide a beautiful view, fishing for the kids, and relaxing picnic space for the
family I also volunteer with Tampa Bay Watch on various projects throughout the year to help restore our regional estuaries. Noone forces me to to do
I have a profound respect for the land that is my and our homes, even if most people feel too entitled, selfish, or lazy walk three steps and place
garbage in the garbage can or save it till you get to one. I take my two year old child with me in the apartments when I clean up the lakes because he
enjoys the walk. I am sure some here would think I am teaching him to hate freedom and the Capitalist way, but I beg to differ.
If I an others dont volunteer our time to help restore and rebuild our regional coastal environment, the organizations wont have the funding to do it
alone. Then my child has to grow up eating cloned fish and only swimming in a bay in some kind of simulated video game. How horribly disconnected and
miserable I would feel for such a future.
This is not limited to environmental projects, which is by the way a critical issue today and for years to come. This can pave way for youth to find
volunteer positions doing simple tasks in Hospitals, parks, local government facilities and so on where there may be less critical tasks that can be
done to free up time for regular staff to focus on the more important things. This is while at the same time, the youth are developing their
discipline, communication skills, and respect for careers and the people who keep our system running. The on hands educational experience they can
gain through these programs would be a plus in any parents book, I know it would be in mine.
I have no doubt that this initiative would also take into account the opportunity to add as extra credit for their grades to the relevant classes.
Students doing volunteer tasks in Hospitals or clinics would have their grades benefit in Health, anatomy, biology classes.
Those in Police Stations(not exposed directly to criminal offenders) court houses can benefit in classes pertaining to law or justice.
Civic centers, museums, parks the benefits go on IMO.
This can only have positive outcomes on our society in general. I believe it shows a maturing of the collective conscious.
I read a fictional narrative in eighth grade which offered a somewhat similar version of this kind of program. that was seven years ago and I had
actually desired that something like that existed at the time for myself to participate in.
I work at Wal-Mart and raise a child who is never away from one parent at a time at any point of the day for more than five minutes. I still find time
to do volunteer activities in my community that I know have a positive impact.
What is so hard about children and teens getting away from thought corrupting, soul destroying tv and video games, or off the streets doing crime and
drugs for an alotted amount of hours a month doing good things instead?
The problem started when it became viewed that only bad people and criminals serve their community without pay.
No I am not on any kind of Welfare, or social services. We do not recieve EBT (food stamps) or WIC, or a disability check. We just live right, focus
on our personal fitness, and try to do good whenever possible. I love to work, and if I were somehow magically wealthy, I would work for free all week
in my own community.