A. Attention Getter: Has anyone ever stopped to help you when you were in need? How did it make you feel?
B. Thesis Statement: Volunteering in your local community will help those around you and help you feel like you have contributed something positive and it is easier than most people think.
C. Speaker Credibility Statement: If we all did our part to help those in need, our community would be a better and safer place to live. By doing this, we can achieve a greater sense of accomplishment. I try and do five or six volunteer activities each month and can tell you of the personal benefits from volunteering that I have experienced.
D. Preview of Main Points
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b. One food pantry I volunteer for has had to cut its operating hours simply because it does not have enough food. This is becoming a nationwide trend.
3. Supporting Material: Due to the increases in poverty, the crime rates in our community have also increased.
a. A local paper reports a 14% increase in petty theft of property.
b. The local police published an article saying that many of these increase thefts are due to people pawning the stolen property in order to pay for food and prescriptions.
Transition: It is clear that our local community is in great need, but fortunately there are many ways to solve these problems.
B. Main Point: If we all agreed to volunteer at least once a month to help out those in need, we could alleviate many of the problems.
Internal Preview: There are many ways to get involved in the volunteer community.
1. Supporting Material: According to a local food pantry, it is always in need of more canned goods and other non-perishable items.
a. One step could be for us to create a continuous food drive in the residential halls here at UWEC and encourage students to donate a few cans of food each week. Cans that come in parent “care packages,” and sit on the shelf for the rest of the semester would be great candidates.
b. Food pantries are also currently seeking long-term and short-term volunteers to help organize and deliver the food to those in need.
2. Supporting Material: The local elementary schools can establish an after-school program made up of university students to interact with children affected by poverty.
a. In this program, students from the university could read, play basketball, or just serve as good role models for the kids.
b. The volunteers in this program could also work with the parents to find help and utilize resources available to them that can help their children succeed in school.
3. Supporting Material: There is a high demand and a lack of resources and funding at homeless shelters. Many of these shelters are currently in need of repairs and could use UWEC student workers to clean, repaint, and perform basic repairs on parts of the shelter.
Transition: Now that we have gone over three specific areas in which we could volunteer to help our local community, let’s talk about some of the benefits.
C. Main Point: Helping the local community deal with our poverty issues will benefit us all.
Internal Preview: Let’s go over three of the benefits that come to mind when it comes to volunteering.
1. Supporting Material: First, children would be better served in our community with the increased help at the food pantries and the after-school programs.
a. Studies have found that after-school programs help greatly with increasing standardized test scores (Little, Wimer, & Weiss, 2007).
b. In addition, children who have positive role models are less likely to become...