Since graduating college this past May, I’ve had the opportunity to write for several different blogs, online magazines, and organizations. Most of my writing reflects my strong aspiration to fight for causes that impact communities and the greater good of society everyday. Without losing my humanness, I sometimes feel like my system is just hardwired to seek out, support, and get involved with social justice and volunteer opportunities. I frequently and sometimes overwhelmingly think about social issues, activism, public service, and the privileges and advantages that I carry that allow me to serve my community everyday.
I am passionate about speaking up about issues that I believe deserve more attention, are widely underrepresented, and devalued in society because of the colossal apathy and indifference that exist. One effective and fulfilling way I have spoken up and raised my voice is through writing and promoting my opinions through social media and online platforms. Writing about my passions for social justice, volunteerism, and activism is not just a way for me to express the things I care about, it’s also a way for me to engage in relevant and urgent discussions surrounding issues that do not deserve the deafening silence they’ve been subjected to for far too long. I write and share my outspoken opinions, ideas, and passions because I strongly believe in the power of one voice. Sure, multiple voices are powerful when galvanizing a movement but the more we encourage and facilitate pathways for community members, citizens, and ordinary people to vocalize their views and ideas, the more supportive and positive our society can be. We don’t need more vilifying online content, articles, and blogs – what we need is more space for passionate and eager people to empower themselves and inspire others through the exchange of ideas. This is why I was prompted to write this blog post about my commitment to being a life-long community volunteer and civically engaged member of society.
Similarly to how we need more writing and online content surrounding societal issues that matter and impact people everyday, we also need more action. Writing about social, economic, political, and environmental justice is just the first step to spurring and continuing effective community action.
Speaking up is necessary and vital to any issue that unfortunately plagues society. But how do we connect our thoughts, passions, and opinionated views with engagement and change?
We can start by making small steps. Big steps towards alleviating societal ills and forwarding social movements can seem daunting. There’s nothing wrong with making small, steady, and consistent strides towards creating a more just, equal, fair, and empowering society. And what better time to start than right now? This week would especially be a great time to start considering it’s National Volunteer Week!
Education in community-based, societal, and environmental injustice is key before we start taking action. By educating ourselves through the writing, leadership, and action of others, we can start educating others and find personal investment and connections in the issues we care about. Whether you decide to engage in National Volunteer Week this month or not, maybe reading this blog post or the blogs/articles/personal stories of others will prompt you to find local, national, and even global volunteer opportunities and give back to others by enhancing a community’s assets in whatever way they may need. Positively and productively involving yourself in a community that’s experiencing some sort of injustice, inequality, or unfairness is what makes this world a better place to live in everyday.
Through my personal community service experiences, I have realized how uplifting, educational, and empowering service and civic engagement can be – on both the receiving and giving end. Community service is an equal exchange of care, compassion, community action, empathy, and genuine concern. The act of serving others has the remarkable ability to foster relatable, meaningful, and nurturing relationships while also learning about the many issues our communities face today. These are some of the many reasons why I am dedicated and determined to be a life-long community volunteer and advocate. Unfortunately, the reality is that these societal ailments are complex and warrant many tenable actions and alleviations, which means the solutions to these injustices are often arduous and disheartening. But that doesn’t mean we should stop fighting, advocating, and searching for calls to action. We must keep going. I have ardently decided that this passion of mine will be with me forever.
My commitment to being a life-long volunteer in whatever community I find myself in is rooted in a genuine care and devotion to improving the world around me and bettering the quality of life for all people – no matter the circumstances they face. My charge to you is to search for and get involved with volunteer opportunities in your local community and beyond and find your passion, commitment, and investment in the issue and cause that makes you tick. With this week being National Volunteer Week, think about the extra little bit of good you can contribute to your community and how you can make a difference just by existing. Maybe you’ll find your long-term commitment to volunteering and social justice along the way. I won’t stop fighting for equality, fairness, and justice in our society and if you’re motivated to spark change in your community, I encourage you to keep fighting too.