Being involved in your local community is important for a variety of reasons. It affords you the opportunity to
connect with, help, and strengthen the lives of others. It can give you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment
as you form bonds with your neighbors. If you find a need in your community, it is a good idea to collect data
regarding that need.
The data may reinforce your idea that there is a need or it may even point you in a different
direction of need. Using a data-driven approach to solve a community problem will help you be successful.
Initial Response Post:
For the Unit 5 Discussion Board, you will write and post an essay about civic participation. Propose a
community program that you would like to kick start. Choose something you are passionate about: health care,
sports, politics, education, community outreach, crime prevention, beautification, animals, etc. It can be
something you do once or something you do on an ongoing basis.
Your 250 word minimum essay should include:
A brief overview of the community program you would like to kick start.
Proposed budget percentages for your program to help prepare for fundraising (administrative costs, supplies,
rent, advertising, etc.).
Proposed number of volunteers needed for your program. Also calculate the percentage of volunteers based on
total number of people in the community (number of volunteers ÷ population of community).
Estimated percentage of people (or animals) in the community that would benefit from the program.
Every piece of writing should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. A good way to plan this particular
reflective essay is to write an introduction to the essay. Next, write at least three body paragraphs. Finish with
your conclusion paragraph.
Your essay and outside sources for this essay need to be cited in proper APA format. You can find numerous
APA resources in the Academic Success Center Reference Library on the Research, Citation, and Plagiarism
Your essay should include a highly developed purpose and viewpoint; it should also be written in Standard
English and demonstrate exceptional content, organization, style, grammar, and mechanics. There should be no
evidence of plagiarism. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism, please review the plagiarism policy.