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Community Work Service
Definition - What does Community Work Service mean?
Community work service is a not-for-profit activity done to support and benefit the public, local organizations, or groups of people. People can opt to do community service on their own account, or can join a group of people to serve the community alongside them.
Community Work Service vs. Volunteering
Many seem to believe that community service and volunteering go hand in hand, or are the same exact thing. However, that is not always the case. In some situations, community service is a requirement in order to receive something in return. For example, high school students do community service activities to add to their college resumes. College students do community service as part of a course requirement, or to remain in a certain collegiate club or organization. Others do community service to improve their resume and help qualify for a certain job or position in the workforce. In the corporate world and in positions of power, community service reflects well on the corporations or public figures themselves. However, community service can also be a court ordered requirement in some circumstances, as well.
Court Ordered Community Work Service
People who are convicted of breaking the law, whether the crime be minor or severe, can be ordered by the court to perform a certain amount of community service hours. Sometimes, in certain cases deemed appropriate by the presiding judge, community service is given as a substitution for jail time, costly fines, or other punishments. For example, the convicted individual might be able to pay less in tickets or fines if they complete a certain amount of community service for the public. And in most cases, the court will allow the individual to pick which community service project they want to be a part of, however the organization of choice must be certified as a credible agency or non-profit. There are times, however, where a judge will order an individual to perform community service similar to the offense they were convicted of. For example, if someone were to be cited for littering or dumping trash illegally, a judge might order them to perform community service involving picking up trash along the highway.
In the eyes of the court and in the eyes of humanity, community service is seen as a beneficial way for not only the public to benefit, but for the individual to benefit as well. Learning selflessness, service to others, and relationship development (depending on the type of community service) allows community service to be an experience that the individual can learn and grow from on a personal, emotional, and social level.