The 2016 Election has certainly been a doozy for anyone that has followed it. With division and dissent at what feels like an all-time high, it’s easy to become jaded with the entire political process. Most Americans believe that Washington doesn’t care about them and their needs. It’s all corporations, special interests, and lobbyists running the show. No one considers the struggles of the average American and their community.
Public Service Isn’t For Funsies
As a once aspiring public servant who spent years working with politicians and their staff, I can tell you with certainty that this is not the case. Whatever the political pundits and commercials may want you to believe, there are good people working hard to represent the American people.
Deep down, anyone who pursues a political career wants to make positive change in their community. They have a vision for what they believe will help their country. It’s so their fellow citizens can provide for their families, improve the economy, and create a stronger future. Whether that visions aligns with your own is neither here nor there. The point is that these people often abandon their careers, invest personal and financial resources into running for office, and put their own lives on hold for a cause they believe in.
Not to mention their staff work round-the-clock behind the scenes to carry out this work, often for low pay and little recognition. There are thousands of people working for federal, state, and local government making sure that people receive the benefits they need. No one goes into public service for the money. They do it because they care.
Everybody Wants to Change the World
I believe that all people want to make the world a better place. We all want communities where anyone can feel safe, secure, and happy. Contribution is a basic tenant for living a fulfilling life. We can provide for ourselves and our family, but it’s a special feeling to know we can change a complete stranger’s life. Whether that’s by running for public office, donating to charity, volunteering in your community, or simply lending a helping hand, we can all do our part to improve the world around us.
Easy ways to give back to your community:
- If you live in the U.S. you can volunteer at a polling center for early voting or on Election Day. Many polling centers across the country are understaffed and busy in the days leading up to the election.
- Find opportunities to volunteer in your community, whether at homeless shelters, schools, churches, or other community organizations. The holiday season is especially busy for these groups, and they can use all the help they can get.
- Like Ms. Montana at Montana Money Adventures, you can set up a Giving Fund. Open a separate bank account for donations, gifts, or charity so you always have funds set aside for giving.
- Do you have skills like accounting, fundraising, or programming? Volunteer to help people manage their personal finances, raise money for local charities, or teach children how to build a website.
- Offer to pet-sit or babysit for your friends and neighbors. We all need it every once in awhile. Building a network of people to rely on means there’s one less thing to worry about.
There are so many ways to get involved in your community. If there’s one takeway from this post, we hope it’s this! You don’t need to be an elected official to change the country. One person can make a huge impact. It just takes the initiative to get involved!