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Why Volunteering Important?

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Edward “Ted” Kennedy, a former senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, once said, “Volunteer work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dreams shall never die.” (Kennedy, Ted) Merriam Webster defines “volunteerism” as the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service. (Webster, Merriam) Not only do you get to feel good about yourself, but also you get the satisfaction of incorporating service into the lives of people and making a difference in your community. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer, however the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you and your community. A person who volunteers benefits themselves because they get to see how their contribution has made a difference. This experience contributes to personal development. The selfless act of volunteering provides a spiritual enhancement as well. If people never help each other and only care about themselves, the world becomes a crueler, sadder place, but when we volunteer our time or efforts, we help make our planet a better, happier, cleaner, and safer home where people work together to make life easier for all.
I first started volunteering when I entered high school. It was a requirement at my school to finish high school with 80 hours or more. I had just moved to Dallas, Texas and I was very shy and quite. I was not a very outgoing person and had trouble making new friends. I saw joining Student Council as an opportunity for me to increase my
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