Community Service opportunities, even in a socially-distanced community
Writer: Hannah Tourial
During the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s been hard to find ways to continue giving back to the community. Riverwood’s Beta Club is working hard to find these opportunities and incentivize participation. Even if you’re not a member of Beta Club, using their resources to find new service opportunities is a great way to do some good.
The main change this year was the introduction of the Beta Club Instagram. Here, the Beta leadership team is compiling flyers of opportunities both inside and out of Riverwood. By reposting others’ posts, followers of the Instagram page can see the latest opportunities to give back. This also makes it easier for other Riverwood clubs to share their service opportunities. The Instagram page can be found here.
Beta Club also has an ongoing list, found here, of ideas and opportunities for community service. Some of these are simply general concepts that students can take and expand on in their own time; others are more specific and organized events to participate in. If you have any events you want to add to the list, contact Elizabeth Grant, Beta Club president, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do you even do community service when there is a pandemic? Safety is important. There are tutoring opportunities over Microsoft Teams; the Spanish Club is looking for tutors in all classes for ESOL students. There are also food drives. HOSA has placed drop-off bins around the school for students to drop off canned food and non-perishables. Certain clubs have also hosted one-time, socially distant events. Make sure you feel comfortable with the guidelines for that event before attending, and if not, there are plenty of fully online options.
Even without a Beta Club membership, community service is important. Colleges love to see community service on applications, and the feeling of doing a good deed is always nice. And by no means is this a complete list of every opportunity. In the end, no matter who you are, there is always a way to put some more good into the world.