Importance of Community Resources

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Community resources provide children, teens, and adults with the assistance needed to reach their goals.

Community resources are as varied as the communities they serve. After school programs for children and teens, directories for people in need of health care, and shelters for abuse victims are just a few examples of community resources. Community resources provide people and communities with resources and opportunities that they would otherwise hardly encounter. From childcare to shelter, these resources enable many to fulfill their goals in life.

  1. Afterschool Programs

    • One example of a community resources is an after school program. According to the After School government website, after school programs are funded by, "federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school time". These programs can take place in community centers, schools, parks, or other recreational facilities. After school programs focus on engaging children and teens through sports, academic help and counseling when necessary. Many after school programs attempt to help students develop their self-esteem and confidence so that they overcome youth violence, drug and alcohol abuse, or depression and other mental illnesses.

    Health Care Programs

    • Community resources also include organizations that help low income or uninsured individuals receive needed health care. The U.S. Department of Human Service's Health Resources and Service Administration article, "What is a Health Center?", details the type of important service community health centers provide. These centers, "are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. These include low income populations, the uninsured, those with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing". Community based health care services also help not only those in need of help, but those eager to provide help. Many community driven health care centers employ volunteers, students, and altruistic professionals who wish to give their time, expertise, and energies to those in need.

    Virtual Community Resources

    • For people living in rural areas, it can be difficult to find resources regarding issues that are controversial or misunderstood. In these situations, virtual or online resource centers can be an invaluable asset to those needing assistance but not knowing where to look. Online community resources can also offer the comfort of anonymity for those who may be otherwise embarrassed or afraid to seek help. For example, the Community Resources for People with Autism website details stories of families and those with autism receiving support, information, and general assistance that they may otherwise have not received.

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