Civic engagement involves “working to make a difference in the civic life of one’s community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes” (Erlich, 2000). Civic engagement includes both paid and unpaid forms of political activism, environmentalism, and community and national service (Michelson et al, 2002).
Volunteering is one form of civic engagement. Volunteering has many positive impacts on the volunteer including:
Some volunteer opportunities in our area:
Getting involved and participating in community events is not only enjoyable but it is also helpful and helps students feel connected to their community. Students who have many interpersonal connections are less likely to feel isolated and depressed.
Community events happening in our area: