Shout out to Social Capital, Inc for featuring this photo of me and my little Corgi artwork. My fellow SCI AmeriCorps members and I discussed what civic engagement is and debated what we consider to be the most/least civically engaged.
One of the questions asked was — “Are you civically engaged? If so, how?” I had to really think about this question. I encountered a few reasons why I would say no–
- Time — There’s always things that need to be done, things to rebuild, people with basic needs, etc that there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. I recall my supervisor telling me, “you’ll never leave the office if you try to get everything on your list done”
- Are we really making a difference? — This is a tough one. As we are all dedicating our time and effort serving our communities, we have to wonder, “are we really making a difference?” “Am I actually having a positive impact on people?” In my opinion, there will be times where we feel hopeless and that our work is going no where. When in actuality, it is…
- More — Similar to the first reason, there is always something that needs to get done. I believe that anyone who has a passion to serve the people aims to be well-rounded and asks themselves, “what more can I do?” There’s also life… It’s easy for us to get caught up in other engagements in our lives whether it’s school, family, friends, etc. In the back of our minds, we are well aware of what we want to learn more about or what we want to do. But we are only human. We can’t always do everything at once.
The reality is: All AmeriCorps members are civically engaged.