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COLUMN: Make the effort to volunteer in the community

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By Brooke Tindall

Volunteering, a great opportunity to help people, meet people, and get recommendations for college. In fact, just getting involved in our community helps. Have you ever thought about it? While sure we can’t all be a mayor or judge, but the little things we do help so much.

There’s so many opportunities here in Anderson County to help out. Like cleaning up around the community, volunteering at activities like the recent poker run, helping the animal shelter or other local businesses, at the high school you can join the AYCC, heck even read the newspaper. Did you know all those existed? I joined the AYCC personally, you get great experiences and if you work enough hours, cords for graduation and a great recommendation letter for college.

To the newspaper now, how does that help? Simple, while it may not seem like something big knowing what’s going on in your community allows for you to give input. If you didn’t have an idea of what was going on you would feel left out, while sure once it all gets around you know, but it’s just not the same.

Local organizations like the animal shelter sure love volunteers. It’s especially great if you love animals! Doing simple things like giving out dog food or anything like that helps out so much. Also volunteering for things like the poker run help out the fundraisers for good causes like that.

Lastly cleaning up our community, that doesn’t mean picking up all the trash on 127. I’m talking about doing things like recycle, not littering, pick up a piece of trash if you see it flying around, and not loitering. These take little to no time and makes the community look great.

For example, if you’re looking for a place to move would you want to see trash and loiterers everywhere, or a nice, quiet, and clean community? Obviously you’d chose the clean one, having more people in a community also makes us look good and get more businesses, or gives better demographics. Ever think of it that way? Well, now you have. While we’re not all going to volunteer, we don’t always think we have the time between school, clubs. Sports, and many other things. It’s still a great idea to be involved.

Maybe now we can all try and help out a little more, make everyone(and ourselves) happier and having a better feeling about it all. It always makes me feel good when I know I’ve helped someone out. If you never get involved, well it won’t be bad, but getting involved opens way to more opportunities. The choice is yours. God bless.

Brooke Tindall is a teen columnist for The Anderson News. She is a freshman at Anderson County High School and can be reached at btindall95@gmail.com.