Direct Service means working to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community and often involves contact with the people or places being served. Through this Pathway of Community Engagement, you can provide direct service through volunteerism, such as cleaning up a park, serving meals at a soup kitchen, or tutoring students. Direct Service also includes volunteering to share your skills and train people in something you are good at.
Professions in this pathway include case workers, mental health professionals, Americorps members, and volunteer managers.
Direct Service differs from the other Pathways of Community Engagement because it focuses on addressing immediate needs (instead of systemic issues) and involves individuals using their time and skills as opposed to donating money. Direct Service is one of the most accessible opportunities for individuals and families to become engaged in the community. Options for engagement in this Pathway exist for people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities to provide direct service. Direct Service can often lead to other Pathways of Community Engagement.
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- Find opportunities to volunteer in your area through JustServe. You can find remote or in-person opportunities, as well as short-term, and long-term opportunities.
- Ask what your neighbors need! Shoveling snow, making a meal, or visiting someone lonely is a great way to serve.
- Use your talents. If you spend your days creating business plans or doing social media marketing, consider using those skills to help an organization.
- Apply to the UServeUtah Youth Council if you are a 16-22 year-old Utahn interested in this pathway. You can create a project within this Pathway of Community Engagement to help your local community!
- Get involved in AmeriCorps/National Service. You could serve as a part or full-time Americorp member and serve your community while getting paid!
- Reach out to the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in your area if you are a community member aged 55 or older: