This is a question I get asked often and it blows me away. I usually respond with “Why Not?”.
Growing up I was taught that serving in your community is a wonderful thing. You can learn a lot by just giving some time to help out someone in need.
I do get people that support the movement, but I also get negative comments as well. I always found that shocking. I used to take the time to step out of myself and try to understand why they think the way that they do. After the first few times of hearing negative comments about serving, I stopped trying to understand and just decided everyone doesn’t think like I do, so just keep on doing what you do.
When think of community service ideas, it’s simply me carrying out a random idea that I have, (that may come to me in my sleep or throughout the day) making a plan, and executing the plan.
I never realized that others would even want to help. I literally am humbled every time someone says that they believe in my vision for serving the community and wants to participate.
My largest initiative at this time is reaching out and feeding the homeless/hungry, I have been doing this for years. I started out assisting and then I realized I could lead a project, so I did. My first project that I lead was 2 years ago, and that was just the beginning.
I believe that food really helps get you through the day, more than we realize. It affects your cognitive ability (thinking ability), it keeps you going, and a good meal can help change your day. So I try to provide good quality meals to the masses when possible.
I have been blessed to serve an average of 200 people every time I do a major project/event. My goal is still to reach 250 at one time though.
My smaller winter initiative that I started in 2018 was “Blankets and Blessing Bags”. I came up with a list of items that I thought a person in need could use and with a team we put the bags together and went out in the community to pass them out. Last year we reached 70 people and I hope to reach at least 100 this winter. It was an awesome community experience.
The last reason that I like to do community service is, it allows you to network. When I setup these projects/initiatives it is nice to see different people come together. It builds a community that by volunteering together creates a team for the day and some people build bonds that continue on.
So, why community service? I believe it helps to build a community network that will continue to help uplift the community in all different ways. 🙂
Oh yeah, I started a non profit organization MISSTAKENID GIVES BACK FOUNDATION (mgbfoundation) If you wish to learn more about my initiatives please visit :
or follow @mgbfoundation on Instagram
**note I am still working on the website at this time, but there is information on the page regarding the 501c3 fundraiser so that we can achieve 501c3 status and are able to help a larger audience**