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April is widely recognized as Community Service month. Being a native of Brunswick County, I have a deep love for this community—it’s one of the reasons I chose to go into law enforcement—to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family for such a long time.
I would like to encourage the citizens of this great county to consider getting involved in some form of community service. There are multiple organizations throughout our area with various opportunities to serve on many different levels.
However, community service does not always have to start with a formal organization. It can start right in our own neighborhood. Offering to do yard work or maintenance at an elderly neighbor’s home, or cleaning up trash and debris along our streets and roadways, are just a couple of ways to give back to our community.
Everyone has talents or skills they can share in some way. Serving the community helps you feel connected to your community and helps foster positive relationships within the community.
I would also encourage our citizens to get children involved in community service. Teaching a child to give back instills a lifetime of good habits and helps build character.