Giving Back to Your Community

Gwen Morovitz, Staff Writer

Most teens lead busy lives. With all the weight of homework, sports, a job, and remembering to spend time with your family every once in awhile, the thought of adding volunteering and community service to the pile seems overwhelming.

Many teens don’t realize that giving back to your community doesn’t necessarily mean just giving money to a local charity or participating in a food drive. While these can do wonders for your community, there are many other available opportunities that can be just as beneficial, if not even more.

The Community Storehouse is always looking for new volunteers to help at their warehouse. It’s not only a great way to earn service hours, but you can give back to your community immensely and help improve the quality of life of people around you.

Going to the Keller Farmers Market and buying fresh produce from local vendors can be another way to give back. Try encouraging your parents to shop for their vegetables and fruits at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. This supports local businesses and farms that make up Keller and its community.

If you don’t have the time to volunteer, I strongly suggest participating in food drives and blood drives that are frequent at our school. Or try to see what efforts you can make to support the victims of the recent hurricanes. Many have lost their homes, and everything they own. Donating to the American Red Cross or looking into other local relief organizations is a great way to help those in need. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine losing everything; wouldn’t you hope that people would try to help you too?

Your community always needs your help, so regardless of what time of year it is or what situation you’re in, if you have the ability to give even the littlest amount back to your town, then try your best to do so. You can make a difference in your life, and the lives of people around you.