Serving the community is a great way to improve theneighbourhood, build relationships and help people.
Communityservices is a non-paying job performed by someone or a group of teenager oradult for the benefit of the public or its institutions. The community servicesare designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, low incomeindividuals or to solve particular problems related to their needs and toexploit the potential of community assets. These services include thehealthcare, child care, welfare, social services, public safety, crimeprevention and control, rural development and also community improvement. Some examples of popular community service activitiesinclude, pick up trash in a public park, help a neighbour with a house project,volunteer at a youth centre, visit an elderly care home, volunteer at ahomeless shelter, tutor children, plant a community garden, hold a food drivefor the homeless, coach a little league sports team, volunteer at a crisisshelter or perform random acts of kindness.
There are manynon-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Malaysia that offer healthcare servicesuch as Diabetes Society of Malaysia, Mercy Malaysia and Malaysian MentalHealth Association (Christine Sarikas, 2017).Meaningfulactivities can be defined as enjoyable activities that engage the nursing homeresident to an extent that they improve either their emotional wellbeing, cognitivestatus, physical function or reduce problematic behaviours. The classicalexample of a non-meaningful activity is a group of nursing home residentswatching television or a movie and falling asleep while watching. This could beturned into a low grade meaningful activity. The purpose of the visit was toprovide early exposure to volunteers about the elderly who had no shelter andat the same time foster our love and respect for the elderly. Watching a groupof elderly people living in this elderly man’s house really open the mind ofhow important parents are in our lives. It is so heart-warming to see thecondition of mothers and fathers who are silent for the attention and care ofchildren, their relatives and their grandchildren. The activities that can bedone for them such as read to residents at a nursing home, we can helpthem reading the newspaper and the latest news from the internet.
Help to delivergroceries and meals to the elderly neighbours can make them feel happy. In thisera of modern technology, we can help to teach the computer skills to them, sothey will not outdated with the technology (Claude Vincent, 2008). We can alsodrive seniors to doctor appointments (Healey, J, 2008). Some of them in thehouse are not in a good condition, but they would like to stay at home ratherthan laying on bed in the hospital, so we can help to bring the doctor to themif their condition is not chronic till to have bring the elderly to thehospital. Make birthday cards for the elderly (Kelly Roper, 2017). In thiscase, we can make a plan to have a birthday party for the elderly who had bornin the same month. Giving them a cake and cook for them will make them feelgreat and feel the love of a child.
Donate and decorate a Christmas tree at anursing home in the Christmas month which is December, will be great andenjoyable. We can also organize a family day for residents of a retirement homeand relatives to play games together. They will not feel bored and this way canhelp them to forget for a while about their sad story and their silence ofmissing their home and children. Pick up medicine for an elderly neighbour issuch a good things to do. In a nursing home, they might lack of medicine (Shaw,2014).Basic medicine like antibiotics, bismuthsubsalicylate and paracetamol should be keep in the home for emergencycondition.
Perform a concert or play at a senior centre and help elderlyneighbours clean their homes and organize their belongings are the things thatvolunteer community services can do. Besides that, we can buy them a filterwater and we can do the service to change the filter every six months. Providea fire extinguisher and help to teach them how to use it so that they can usedit in case of emergency. Changing their bed sheets and buy them a new pillowwill make them feel satisfied. We can help them to clean the surrounding areaof the house to prevent from dengue and malaria by clean the drain and burn thedry leaves. Dealing with this situation will made us a stronger and more caringperson.
Volunteeringprovides physical and mental rewards includes reduced stress, when we focus onsomeone other than our self, it will interrupts usual tension producingpatterns. In general, volunteering enhances the well-being of volunteers andincreases the frequency of positive emotions. It also makes our body becomehealthy because our moods will be good and optimism strengthen the immunesystem.
Community service of nursing home care can also uniting people fromdiverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal and also help teenagers manykinds of relationship skills and attitudes about work that employers seek suchas responsibility, teamwork, problem solving and learning to learn (ChristineSarikas, 2017). There are different types of volunteering such as skill basedvolunteering which are individual-skill based and corporate-skill based,corporate volunteering, volunteering in developing and under developed countries,environmental volunteering, volunteering in an emergency, volunteering inschools and community volunteering (Halperin, 1993). There are many benefitscan be gained from the implementation of community service activities such ascreate a sense of understanding and consolidation of identity within a group,cultivate a sense of concern and concern for the community in the environment,applying knowledge, skills and civic values ??to each individual, adopt ahealthy lifestyle and always help others who need help (Florida NationalUniversity, 2013).