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Hi guys,

In one previous post, you have mentioned "real impact" in community services. I supposed the simple way to do this is to start some organization that has limited capacities to serve our surrounding community. Yet what about people who are doing grass-root volunteer work for a number of years on a weekly basis. I think people are motivated to commit to a cause that he/she believes is making a real and focused way.

The reason for this question is that I have heard from AdCom that it is looking for people with "community leadership". At the same time, people focusing on helping at-risk teenagers or mentoring a specific person. Is that community leadership?

I am sure this question interests many of us.

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That's a good question. You definitely don't need to start an organization to make a real impact. The distinction that I was making was between really making a difference, or simply attending weekly/monthly events.

For anything like this -- either on the job or in community service -- ask yourself, "Would this have happened if I hadn't been here?" What was accomplished, what changed, whose life was made better, etc., because of YOU? How would that outcome have been different if just any old person had done it instead of you?

Volunteering on a weekly basis absolutely shows an impact... But still keep in mind, "How did I put my own personal mark on the situation?"

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