The importance of service: What you can do to help!

Aug 2, 2017

When you think of service, what comes to mind? Do you think of giving back to your local community, volunteering, or helping someone? If you look in the dictionary, the word ‘“Service” is defined as the action of helping or doing work for someone.  

Service is not only helping others, it also helps the person who is being of service.  There are many benefits to being of service.  If you would like to give back, it not only helps the charities and organizations, but it also helps you too.  Did you know being of service can help you achieve the following?

  • Better physical health ( Studies have revealed giving back helps you release endorphins)
  • It makes you feel good about yourself
  • Helps you develop compassion towards others
  • Increase your self-esteem and self-worth

Being of service and giving back to your local community can also do the following:

  • Gives you a way to connect with leaders and make new friends in your community
  • Strengthen your community
  • Become a voice for people who need you the most
  • Help those in need

Many people feel that they need to donate money to make a difference. While money is beneficial to most non-profits and charities, they need more than just money.  There are many ways to give back.  Some things you can do to show you support charities in your area include:

  • Volunteering at a special Benefit for the less fortunate
  • Donate hygiene kits to abused women
  • Hold a talent show or bake sale to raise funds for a charity
  • Deliver meals and special goods to organizations in your area
  • Become an Ambassador and spread the word about a charity that needs help from the community
  • Organize a talk therapy group

If you live in Las Vegas, Nevada or the surrounding area, there are many charities and organizations who will appreciate your support. Here are a few you can contact today:

The Rape Crisis Center: Their goal is to assure that victims of sexual assault have the support and resources they need to move through the process of healing.

The Shade Tree:  The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in the state, and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18. Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of our population. 

Breaking Free Therapies-  Their mission is to help those with equine assistance who are suffering from behavioral health issues to become mentally well while improving emotional health, self-esteem, self-confidence, and positive goal setting, thus improving overall life skills.

Other charities we partner with also include the following:  Living Grace,  Refuge for Woman, UNLV Woman Center, ShannonWest homeless youth CENTER ,  Nevada First, Seeds of Hope, Children’s Cabinet,  Real Talk, Nevada Homeless youth, Victim’s Witness Authority, Baby’s Bounty,  Dress For Success Southern Nevada, Walter Hoving Homes

  • Living Grace
  • Refuge for Women
  • UNLV Woman Center
  • ShannonWest Homeless Youth Center
  • Nevada First
  • Seeds of Hope
  • Children’s Cabinet
  • Real Talk
  • Nevada Homeless Youth
  • Victim’s Witness Authority
  • Baby’s Bounty
  • Dress for Success Southern Nevada
  • Walter Hoving Homes

You can also contact our very own, B.E. A. S.H.E.R. O. Foundation. Our mission is to provide resources needed to support, sustain and empower young girls and women under the age of 25 who have been abused, abandoned, and exploited. We intend to accomplish this mission by bringing other agencies with similar missions together and being a resource center for these organizations. 

Whether you are volunteering, hosting an event, or donating money and goods, your time and effort are valued.  Together, we can make a difference. Contact one or all of these local charities today, and let them know how you can help!