Sample English Paper on Volunteering In Your Community

Volunteering is an important aspect of life that defines humanity and the need to alleviate people from a myriad of world’s problems. In deed, the world is in a crisis as a result of grave problems such as; drought, famine, earthquakes, poverty and emerging diseases. These problems continue to not only threaten human lives but also resulted to loss of many lives. One of the problems that are of great global concern is global warming.  Over the past decade, the temperatures have increased unprecedentedly due to global warming. However, in some areas, the effect of global warming has resulted to harsh climatic conditions such as; floods and prolonged winter periods.  It is for this profound reason the world continues to experience adverse climatic conditions such as; exacerbated drought cases, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. The occurrence of hurricanes has increasingly become a common trend in some of the most prominent American cities. Most people residing in highly risky regions within Texas are most likely to face a plethora of hurricane associated problems which include; insufficient amount of food, loss of shelter, destruction of properties, and an array of health problems.

Thesis: Volunteering within one’s own local community will enable one to make a positive and lasting impact to the society. In addition, volunteering is an act of humanity where one contributes in making the world a better and sustainable place to live in.

The term ‘hurricane’ was conceptualized as a strong tropical cyclone which is further defined as a non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters (Mass, 2017). Hurricanes normally occur when winds in a tropical cyclone equal or exceed 74 mph, 33m/s (Felix, 2018). Hurricanes are associated with strong winds, heavy rains, large waves, and continuous thunderstorm activities. Some of the most prominent types of hurricanes that have caused severe destruction and loss of lives in Texas are: Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey. Texas was last hit by Hurricane Harvey in the year 2017, the month of August (Felix, 2018). This fatal catastrophe crippled most parts of Texas which experienced loss of live, loss of shelter, and destruction of valuable properties.

Hurricane Harvey as a catastrophe has brought about many problems that have disrupted the normalcy of life. Volunteering is thereby a fundamental aspect that serves to make a significant positive difference during these daunting periods of time. According to the biblical scripture, people are advised, “Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give when though hast thee (Proverbs 3:28). Additionally, Proverbs 27:10 says “Do not forsake your own friend, and your father’s friend; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better in a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.” (In Hustinx & Bellamy, 2015). These Biblical scriptures describe the need for people to help out one another. As the human nation, the Bible teaches Christians to love one another just as they love themselves (In Hustinx & Bellamy, 2015). Therefore, volunteering remains to serve as the best definition of ones love for his/her neighbors. Giving is itself an expression of an offering which showcases ones love for other people (Dekker & Halman, 2015). Through volunteering, one is able to not only save lives but provide hope to most hapless people who have been affected by uncontrolled calamities. Volunteers also serve as a good example to the rest of the community who will later not hesitate to offer their help in any case other people are faced with any form of calamities (Dekker & Halman, 2015).

No human being is indispensible to face calamities. Both the wealthy and the poor are bound to tackle dubious situations as a result of the occurrence of unpredicted natural catastrophes. These problems more often than not result to destruction of important human basic wants such as; food, water and shelter. Destruction of such vital resources disables the normalcy of human lives which eventually results to death. This is because of the fact that basic wants are integral factors that are necessary for human survival. Therefore, the act of volunteerism is highly recommended in order to prevent high mortality caused by catastrophes (Dekker & Halman, 2015). The unfortunate occurrence in Hurricane Harvey in Texas resulted to massive destruction of properties and other basic wants. Several people were also reported to have succumbed from the tremendous severe effects of the hurricane. Through volunteering activities, more lives were saved from the harsh aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (Felix, 2018). The acts of volunteerism were done n different forms. For instance, people volunteered to search for people who were reported to be missing after the hurricane destroyed their shelters. Some people were found hanging in roof tops and trees. In addition to this, volunteers also transported food, clothes and medicine from other neighboring states to Texas. This good form of gesture also motivated celebrities and citizens to offer their help in form of monetary funds, shelters such as churches and also through counseling (Felix, 2018). Even though this period was marked with huge losses, the act of volunteerism enabled people to tackle and mitigate the effects of the catastrophe.

A volunteer benefits themselves because they get to see how their contribution has made a difference. This experience contributes to personal development especially in areas such as self-fulfillment, self-confidence, and self-esteem which often flourish in the midst of volunteering experiences. The selfless act of volunteering provides a spiritual enhancement as well. Knowing that you made a positive impact on someone is an emotionally uplifting experience that can never be matched by money or fame. Volunteerism is thereby the best form of humanity that eventually helps to save lives and provide hope to the hapless society that have been affected with calamities. The act of service begins with a decision, an attitude towards one another and an act of will to help the society.

 

References

Felix, R. (2018). Hurricane Harvey: Disaster in Texas and beyond.

Mass, C. (August 31, 2017). Global Warming and Hurricane Harvey. Cliff Mass Weather Blog, 2017-8.

Dekker, P., & Halman, L. (2003). The Values of Volunteering: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Boston, MA: Springer US.

In Hustinx, L., & Bellamy, J. (2015). Religion and volunteering: Complex, contested and ambiguous relationships.