Giving Back

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While most people may refer giving back to the community as a waste of resources, I believe it’s one way of making life worthwhile. Many do not feel this way, but I must admit that it feels pretty good to be one of the few. My aim is not to indulge in self-praise, but I […]

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Hometown Heroes – Firefighters

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Firefighters offer more than just extinguishing fires. They are two categories of firefighters; the volunteers, and the paid firefighters. Their role in any community cannot be understated. A big number of volunteer firefighters is known to serve the smaller communities while the paid firefighters offer their services to the local government. They work in places […]

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Giving Back


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While most people may refer giving back to the community as a waste of resources, I believe it’s one way of making life worthwhile. Many do not feel this way, but I must admit that it feels pretty good to be one of the few. My aim is not to indulge in self-praise, but I literally want to help you see the importance of giving back to the community. Don’t wait until you are rich enough to give to the community since everyone, whatever class of life they are in, have something to give. This whole idea isn’t all about money, it’s about your time, love, dedication and desire for community development.

 

What’s the importance of giving back to the community?

 

Shows gratitude

 

You couldn’t be the person you are without the contribution of your community. A gesture of showing gratitude is worth every effort. Grateful people live happier lives. Saying thank you may seem insignificant but it’s necessary as it brings peace and unity in a community.

 

Enhances community development

 

No one would choose to live in an underdeveloped community. Your act of giving back to the community improves the area for the good of everybody. For instance, I mobilized some of my community members and together we built a community library. That has changed the whole community as our children have a place to carry out their studies.

 

Brings unity

 

It is indeed a great feeling when you are the one bringing people together. A united community has less or no corrupt activities at all since everyone cares about the other. It is as if everyone is watching out for everyone else.

 

How to give back to the community

 

  1. Baby showers

girl holding a gift

Maybe, it has never occurred to you that going for a baby shower is giving back to the community. It is during such occasions that a newborn is given all kind of gifts since they are new members of the community. I never mind traveling from far to attend a baby shower in my own community.

 

  1. Donate

If you have an overflow of resources, share them with those who may need them in the community. Having more than you need in your home is not wealth; it is clutter. A cluttered home can destroy your life and time. De-clutter your home and donate everything that’s in good condition that you no longer need. It could be electronics, books, clothes, furniture and so on.

 

  1. Come up with relief programs for the less privileged

You can organize relief programs in the community for the less privileged. These include the disabled, the elderly, the veterans, the poor and the homeless. Such programs are meant to uplift the community and help those who are down there to rise up.

 

  1. Volunteer

Volunteer group

Communities have so many activities; they are weddings, burials, constructions, and many more. Create time to take part in such activities and help where you can. If you can’t avail yourself, you can pay someone to represent you. I have done that whenever my schedule is fixed.

 

  1. Fundraising

Give your money during fundraising events in your community. Whenever there is a fundraising in my community, I mobilize my friends from other places and we raise a good amount of money. This solves the problem at hand and brings unity.

November 28, 2017

Hometown Heroes – Firefighters


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Firefighters offer more than just extinguishing fires. They are two categories of firefighters; the volunteers, and the paid firefighters. Their role in any community cannot be understated. A big number of volunteer firefighters is known to serve the smaller communities while the paid firefighters offer their services to the local government. They work in places such as airports, chemical plants, and industrial sites among other places.

 

Firemen are usually called to put out a fire during fire emergencies. Controlling fire is a dangerous undertaking, thus one must undergo training before becoming a firefighter. During the training, a person learns to work together with other firemen and to enhance safety during the operation.

 

What is the role of a firefighter?

two firefighters holding hose

I have always had a special interest in firefighting. Though I never managed to become one, I have learned what firefighting entails. It is not all about putting out a fire, but it also involves cautioning the public and implementing safety measures.

 

From what I have gathered, a firefighter does the following;

 

Saving lives from hazards

 

One most important role of a firefighter is to save lives from fire and other dangers. They are also well trained in administering first aid to fire victims to ensure that they don’t succumb to fire burns as well as other life-threatening cases. I realized that the firefighters attend to many health-related emergencies. Firefighters rescue people from other life-threatening conditions like accidents, collapsed buildings among others.

 

Property conservation

 

Apart from saving lives of the victims, firefighters do everything possible to conserve the properties of the victims. During their operations, they work effectively just to make sure that no more unnecessary damage takes place as a result of their work. They avoid property destruction and more damage to building structures if there was any. In cases of wildfires, firefighters aim at reducing damage to the environment.

 

Stabilization of incidents

 

Most accidental incidents can cause excessive damage and death if not contained as soon as possible. Such instances include floods, terrorist attacks, fire breakout, and release of dangerous material to the environment. The first thing firefighters do is to devise a quick mechanism of containing such cases.

 

Educate the public

 

Public education is another vital role that firefighters play. They keep the masses informed in regard to putting out fires, safety measures and how to provide first aid services in cases of accidents.

 

A community that is well informed on how to handle emergency situations is safer and this helps save many lives. The public is always in close proximity during such incidents and lives and more property may be destroyed before the firefighters arrive at the scene. To limit the effect of such incidents, the firefighters offer basic education regarding the same to the public.

 

Survival mechanism for firefighters

firefighters training

I have realized that the work done by firefighters needs dedication and discipline. It is all about living for others. Here are some of the survival mechanisms firefighters employ to keep going;

 

Regular training

Regular practice

Takes a fresh cup of coffee regularly to help them stay alert

Passion and love for the community  

 

Risk Takers

 

Firefighters are great people. The world would not be what it is without them. To all firefighters anywhere in the world, Natalie salutes you all. You are the pride of our people.

 

November 20, 2017