What is a service organization? Why should you join? Wait, aren't those the groups that my dad or grandpa belong to? They just drive those funny planes during parades and collect money at stop signs right? I know they raise money for something but what? These are some of the same questions I had until I learned more about them.
What is a service organization?
They are typically non profit or volunteer dependant organizations consisting of people who want to make a difference in their communities. Each organization has different methods of funding. Multiple sources of funds usually include membership dues, fundraisers, and donations. Others may receive funds from grants and sales of merchandise. They are very diverse groups ranging from a civic group to an animal rescue to assisting low income families or providing activities for the elderly.
As a Lions club member, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who are volunteering to support your community every day. You’ll also become a member of Lions Clubs International – a respected international organization – a leader in your local community and a friend to people in need.
Where does this money go?
Depending on the organization the money usually goes to many places. Some groups allocate money to community projects. Some goes directly to other charities or non profit organizations to help those in need. Some goes towards creating future programs for fund raising or community education. Some goes towards paying fees to be involved in local events like the Springtime Lion Festival events as well.
Aren't these for men only?
No. While some are exclusively for men or women, most are for both.
Don't you have to be old to join?
No. It may seem like some of the organizations are geared towards people who are near or past retirement age but many, while composed of mostly older people, are open to all ages. The reason this may be the case with some organizations is because the empty nester's and the retired have more time to contribute while the younger folks are busy with raising families and working. There are many ways to be a part of these groups even if you don't have a lot of free time.
What are the benefits of joining a service organization?
They are many! Today we have to juggle our time between work, family, church, school, after school activities, television, exercise, shopping, ect. It can be hard trying to find time for anything else, much less being involved in your own community. Despite living in such a populated area, we often don't get to know most of the people living around us. Service organizations have their social benefits where you get to meet and work with people you may have never normally run into from all walks of life. Another benefit is that you get to help those around you. It may be as simple as assisting fellow members preparing and / or serving meals to those in need, manning a booth to raise funds, or assisting in a project of some sort. These activities enrich the lives of all involved.
Last Information Update: June 12, 2014
Last webpage Update: June 12, 2014
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