Community service to me is a voluntary act carried out by a person or group of people that benefits another individual, organization or a community. Persons usually do not get paid for community service. Community services are defined as services that are identified by an institution of higher education through formal or informal consultation with local non-profit, government, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. Jamaica is working towards development and growth of the economy and social living by the year 2030. Hence the tag line “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.” Four goals were put in place to achieve this mission: Goal 1: Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential. Goal 2: The Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just.
Goal 3: Jamaica’s economy is prosperous. Goal 4: Jamaica has a healthy natural environment. Of these four goals, the two I believe is closely linked to community service/ volunteerism is Goal 1 and Goal 4. For goal 1 it is linked to community service because persons can volunteer as a mentor to empower youths to achieve their fullest potential.
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