by Jonathan Meier
Tomorrow is the United Nations Public Service Day, an opportunity for people to appreciate the works and efforts of public servants that commit their time to the improvement of their communities. Too often, their contributions go unnoticed by the very people that benefit from their actions. Without the proactive stance taken by those in the public service sector, the development of beneficial policy as well as our day to day lives would never be the same. Take the opportunity today to thank those in your local community who commit their efforts to make each day better than the last. If you want, there are even ways that you can help serve your community! Here are some ideas on how to get started.
Volunteer in Your Community
The services offered by communities wouldn’t be the same without the contribution of volunteers, which can easily mean you! Municipalities are always looking for people that are driven, intelligent, and most importantly passionate about helping others. In the United States, many public services such as libraries and emergency services are provided by volunteers. Research possible ways that you can get involved and make a difference in your community.
Use Social Media to Spread Awareness
While volunteering is one of the best ways that you can support your public services, unfortunately, not everyone has the time or ability to make that kind of commitment. That doesn’t mean however, that you can’t help! Use your voice to provide exposure about opportunities and increase awareness about all the things being done for your community. Social media isn’t just for finding funny videos of cats. You can use these platforms as a way to express your support and connect others to opportunities in the public service sector.
Start a Club at School
Your school is a great place to find opportunities to get involved. Many schools offer established clubs and organizations centered around volunteer work and services to the community. Find a group of like-minded people who are passionate about the same things you are and take action! It’s as simple as that. Getting involved and inspired to volunteer at a young age is one of the best ways that we as the future generation can change our world for the better.
Collectively, our generation will have to face some of the most pressing issues in the years to come. Without the commitment of those dedicated to the improvement of community at all levels, we won’t be able to rise to the occasion. You can serve your community anywhere, from your own town to countries on the other side of the world; we are all global citizens after all. Just because you aren’t part of a large organization doesn’t mean your contributions don’t matter. As Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, said, “You don’t need to carry UN badge to work for the UN, you just need to carry its values in your heart.” By starting as early as possible, you can develop your passion for helping others and hopefully become a public servant yourself one day!
This summer, the Youth Assembly is the place to be if you are interested in the opportunity to connect with other like-minded youths interested in serving their communities and achieving sustainable development. Be a part of the change!
About the Author: Jonathan Meier is a student at Bucknell University with a passion for public service and the environment. He currently works at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation as a Communications and Media Intern for the Youth Assembly.