Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.
Community to the Rescue
Jack lives at home with his mother and father. One night, after Jack and his mother were both off to sleep and Jack's father was coming home from a trip, their house caught on fire. Jack's mother ran into his room to wake him. He and his mother ran down the stairs and out the front door.
Their neighbor, Mrs. Kean, grabbed Jack's dog Grubber, took him into her home, and fed him. Dave and other local firefighters came to Jack's home to put out the flames. Jim, a local police officer, called Jack's father to inform him about the fire and his family's safe escape from the house. A paramedic named Sarah examined Jack and his mother to make sure they didn't have any burns or trouble breathing.
A few days after the fire, Jack and his parents took Grubber to Dr. Jones the veterinarian to make sure he was okay. Jack's neighbors helped his family clean up the portion of their home that had been damaged. Once all of the trash was gathered outside, Bill, the garbage man, picked it up.
So what do Dave the firefighter, Jim the police officer, Sarah the paramedic, veterinarian Dr. Jones, and Bill the garbage man all have in common? They are all community helpers.
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What Is a Community Helper?
A community is a group made up of diverse people who engage in collaborative tasks and share resources and ideas. Community members usually work together to achieve some common purpose or pursue a shared interest. Examples of communities include a school, church, city, and even a subdivision.
A community helper, then, is a person who performs some job that helps improve the overall well-being of the community. Community helpers are very important; they keep the community safe and healthy, make life better for the people in the community, and help the community function more efficiently. The clerk at the grocery store, the local farmer, and the mail carrier are all examples of community helpers.
There are some community helpers who assist the community by making sure that people are healthy, such as doctors, ophthalmologists, nutritionists, and dentists. Other community helpers assist us in times of emergency, such as police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. The teachers in our classroom, the person who collects our trash, the cable guy, beauticians, veterinarians, lawyers, and the people who work at the crosswalks are all community helpers.
The people who perform jobs that assist the community are called community helpers. Examples of community helpers include doctors, lawyers, dentists, and teachers. Community helpers are important because they make our lives better, keep us and the community safe, and help our community function better. So the next time you find yourself walking around the neighborhood, try to count the community helpers that you run into. You may be surprised with just how many there are.
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