Community Service is not for the faint of heart!

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There is an old saying,  “you can’t get fired from a volunteer job!”  but you can be denied the privilege to do it.   When researching for some pithy way of presenting how  performing Community Service is for the committed, I ran into an article that brings a whole new meaning to the word “committed”.

In the Sunday Times, a Scottish newspaper, the headlines read “  Community Service “too hard” for felons”.  As reported “Judges are refusing to impose community service orders as they consider them too tough for offenders, a study shows.

Judges and sheriffs said they were more likely to send criminals to jail because they do not believe most can stand the rigours of daily manual labour”.

I was thinking about community service and how it was an honorable activity performed by volunteers to help the unfortunate and the needy.  It takes a special person or group of persons to give of themselves to help others for the betterment of our society.

Then I got to thinking…if this is a good thing, and it is…..why would a court sentence someone to community service as a penalty for their crime.  Community Service  is rewarding work and makes you feel good about yourself.  Is that what we want criminals to do?  Do we want them to be happy for their wrong doings?

So….while thinking along these lines…I ran upon the article about community service being too hard on the felons.  Ironic as it may seem, the true meaning of community service became apparent to me.

The giving of oneself for others when one could be doing something fun, or spending time with family, or just lazing around the house takes on “special commitment”.  It relies on individuals who always consider others before they think of themselves.  Individuals who would rather give than take,  are the essence of what this country was built on.


There are many ways to give back to your community, but demanding or forcing people to give,  diminishes the very essence of the spirit of giving back.  I guess the judges got it right…..Community Service is a privilege earned for those who appreciate others in need…not for those who violate our freedoms.


The next time you feel the need to help…remember…it is not for the faint of heart!


Brad Lindberg

CID President-Elect

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