You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
It is important to be actively involved in your community.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It goes without saying that community plays a vital role in the matter of camaraderie and performing as a support system. With our society running faster and yet in a more detached fashion due to technological advancement, hard-pressed schedules and the frequency at which we change jobs, locations and homes, it makes it harder and harder to perceive any sense of community. It is too easy to be isolated in our homes and yet isolation tends to cause a sense of seclusion and depression not to mention the breakdown that may befall in communities as a result of aloofness from others that leads to violence, substance abuse, psychological problems and so on. Therefore, the importance of community engagement spontaneously is enormous.
Over the decades, many researchers have put forth evidence to boost the notion that the social ambiance in which people live, as well as their lifestyle and behavior, can impact on violence within a population. They have also presented that a population can attain sustainable improvement of violence when people are involved in their community and work together to effect change. The use of community collaboration to prevent violence rather than depending solely on a law enforcement approach is an effective approach for gaining widespread acceptance. Neighborhoods in which violence is most prevalent generally have stark poverty and unemployment. In the case, if the members of the community work together to suppress violent activities by gathering information through community interactions, then the violence will be reduce substantially. In addition, the community also works together to support youth and promote nonviolent activities in the community. A good example here is our community. Our community monitors youth aged from twelve to nineteen and provides them with recreational activities, counseling in drag addiction, trains in social and life skills and creates job opportunities. And within the last two year, the street violence has decreased dramatically. Not only is the violence has reduced, but also substance abuse has been controlled to a large extent.
Similarly, during the few decades we have seen a growing body of research that indicates engaging community provides individual health benefits. This research has also found a strong relationship between involving community and health. Those who engage in community have lower mortality rates, greater functional abilities, and lower rates of mental complexities in the later life than those who do not involve in community. For example, our community has initiated an integrated program including vaccination, pregnant mother health care, and awareness on overall hygienic lifestyle. Through the program, we are able to achieve a tangible improvement in our community health.
From what has been discussed above we could easily draw the conclusion that engaging community has played a paramount role in reducing crimes, improving public health and drug addiction. Involving community is not only important, but also it is a moral obligation, in my opinion. Therefore, everybody should keenly join their community for the well being of their neighborhood.