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Helping Where Needed

Communities have needs just like individuals.  The community is strong and full of confidence when a community's needs are being met.  Much of the community's strength develops from the ambition and concern of its citizens. 

The community suffers from problems, and its members may become negative, fearful, and unhappy, if a community's needs go unmet.  A community with unmet needs is often one in which the citizens show indifference toward other people's needs and expect others to meet the community's needs. 

Brainstorm a list of unmet needs in your community with your teacher and classmates and enter your list ideas on the attain the text box on the attached worksheet. Then divide into groups of four.  Each group chooses four unmet needs from the class list and thinks of ways that volunteers could be helpful in meeting these needs. Enter the list of volunteer services in the text box provided.

In your group, choose at least one of your four unmet needs.  Help organize committees to ask volunteers to begin meeting this need in your community.

Discuss your responses with your teacher and classmates.


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"Friends" come in all forms ~ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins, neighbors, classmates, acquaintances, teachers, clergy, healthcare providers. The importance of helping a friend when needed cannot be emphasized enough.

"In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us."

Flora Edwards

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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