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A College Students Guide to Community Service

October 3, 2019

Community service is a great way to stay connected to the community around you while you are attending a university. It allows you to step outside of your usual surroundings and learn more about the experiences of others. There are many different types of service. Here are some examples!

Volunteer at a Food Bank

There are many food banks across the United States that provide packaged food boxes for those in need. Volunteering at a food bank may entail packaging boxes, sorting food, or helping to move and organize the boxes. This is a great place to volunteer with a group as you all will likely be able to work together. Find a food bank near you through Feeding America’s website.

Tutor at a Local School

Tutoring is a great way to share your time and knowledge. Many universities work with local schools and provide college students with the opportunity to volunteer as tutors. You may have to travel to a local school or your school may bring children to campus to be tutored. Tutors can play an important role in a child’s life so it is important that you make a consistent commitment if you wish to become a tutor. Check with your university to see what kind of tutoring opportunities they have available.

Help Out at Your Local Animal Shelter

Who doesn’t love spending time with animals? Volunteering at your local animal shelter is a great way to connect with your community and meet some furry friends! When volunteering at an animal shelter you will likely have to undergo training before working with the animals. You can check to see if your school has any groups that work with animal shelters or you could also look online to locate an animal shelter near you

Participate in a Neighborhood Clean-Up

Picking up trash is not just for criminals! Helping to clean up your neighborhood is a great way to meet others in the community and make your area a better place to live. You will be able to explore parts of your neighborhood you would not have been able to explore otherwise and meet people you may have never been able to meet. Neighborhood cleanups can be messy and typically involve a lot of time on your feet so it is important to dress accordingly. Many cities host neighborhood clean-ups so check to see if one is happening near you.

There are many more ways to serve your community! Volunteering is a great way to gain new experiences and meet new people while also doing good. Explore all of the options that your university provides for a student looking to do service.

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Good Karma – In the Office & Beyond – GradGuard’s Care Bag

April 24, 2018

When I was growing up, there was always someone in my town that everyone knew. You saw him on your way to work, when you went to the mall, walked to school, or went out to get groceries. He was always seen riding his bike with a backpack on and wearing a baggy pant/army jacket combo that swallowed him. His name was Cornelius, and he was homeless.

We see homeless people every day of our lives. So often so that it has just become a part of our daily routines. You get up, shower, get dressed, leave the house for the day, take a walk or get in your car, pass a homeless person on the street corner asking for food or money, get to your destination, do your thing, see more homeless people on the way back to your house, so on and so forth, and you never look back.

But have you ever wondered about the people that do look back? The ones with so much compassion for people that they help whenever they can? The ones that look forward rather and don’t turn a blind eye when they see them? I have. There’s always been a part of me that’s wanted to help but wasn’t sure how.

Until GradGuard.

GradGuard, though great for insurance, has a heart of gold when it comes to caring for others. GradGuard actually has a system where they fill Ziploc baggies with different kinds of snacks and bottled water to have on hand in their vehicles to give out to the homeless population of Phoenix, Arizona. If you have ever been to the south-west, especially in the summer months, it can be pretty brutal just walking out the mailbox, let alone having to spend all of your time outside because you have no shelter or water. Something as simple as handing one of these bags to someone when you’re stopped at a red light (and want to send out some good karma) can really brighten someone’s day.

Upon seeing so many homeless people around the area and on our way to work, the employees of GradGuard just felt that there was something that could be done about it. We heard about creating these care bags just by word of mouth and decided to start making some of our own. The co-founder of GradGuard, John Fees, his children have been making the goodie bags in bulk that we hand out to those who need them, and we encourage you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but maybe next time you’re cleaning out the pantry, instead of throwing away that box of granola bars you didn’t eat or the flavor of fruit snacks that the kids didn’t like, make a few of your own bags to hand out to those in need.

Maybe we can start a wildfire of good vibes and help some people along the way; after all, changing the world happens with one act of random kindness at a time.

GradGuard’s team is dedicated to, not only helping students succeed but community members as well.   Since its founding in 2008, GradGuard has protected more than 600,000 college students and their families.  GradGuard is the national leader in providing tuition insurance and renters insurance to colleges and universities and the students they serve and the GradGuard Care Bags demonstrate the type of people who help fulfill our promises to protect college life.  

We are currently hiring! If you enjoy giving back to others and having a little fun along the way, please consider joining our team by visiting www.gradguard.com/careers or our page on LinkedIn.