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November 28, 2016

Why Christians Are Called to Volunteer During the Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, but while students are looking forward to a much-deserved break after completing difficult exams and long papers, many people are struggling to put food on the table or a roof over their heads.

It's surprisingly easy for even the most well-meaning individuals to get caught up in the consumerism of the modern holidays, focusing on Black Friday and December discounts instead of honoring Christ and meditating on the real reason for the season. If you're looking to break free of this trap, consider putting your faith in practice through volunteering.

Why Volunteering Matters

Human sin has led to a myriad of problems throughout the world, including poverty, child neglect, and animal abuse. One person cannot solve all of these issues, but when several people come together in the interest of stewardship, human suffering can be greatly diminished. Compassionate volunteers can bring a spark to those who need it most, convincing them that they can and will persevere.

As the Christian Post points out, volunteering is not only good for the community, it's a wonderful means of expressing gratitude and strengthening your faith. Luke 12:48 calls upon Christians to give back, as they have been given so much. The Bible also calls upon Christians to be priests, representing their faith by giving of themselves and serving as witness.

While working with the less fortunate, you'll see just how generous and compassionate humans can be -- and the personal benefits don't end there. Depending on where you volunteer, you could gain valuable experience in your chosen career field, while also impressing supervisors and coordinators who can later act as character references. You'll come away from your volunteer efforts a happier and more well-rounded person.

Ideas for Volunteering

Volunteering opportunities abound in and around Beaver Falls. Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County is always on the hunt for community members who can construct housing for those who need it most. Nearby New Brighton is home to a Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, which pairs inspiring adults with kids in the hopes of providing both affection and empowerment. Pet lovers enjoy working with the lovable cats and dogs at the Beaver County Humane Society, where volunteers clean cat carriers, assemble medical files, walk dogs, and assist with fundraising efforts.

In addition to volunteering in the Beaver Falls area, students at Geneva can find a variety of volunteer opportunities in their hometowns. From Toys for Tots to local soup kitchens, a wide array of charitable efforts require extra help as Christmas approaches. Many students find that, upon returning home for the holidays, they are better able to reconnect with their friends and family members while giving back to the community.

Volunteering is the ultimate example of living out your faith. Reach out to those in need as Christmas approaches, for, in addition to making a difference, you'll experience a multitude of personal benefits.

For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your career goals and give back to the community, contact us at 855-979-5563 or admissions@geneva.edu

Sources:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-volunteer-service-embodies-the-spirt-of-christ-133293/

http://money.howstuffworks.com/economics/volunteer/opportunities/volunteering-on-christmas2.htm

http://www.yourbeavercounty.com/opportunities-to-volunteer-in-beaver-county/

http://beavercountyhumanesociety.org/volunteer