We need to stop, look around, and really get to know our community and what we can do to make it thrive. Community service is a great opportunity to become more engaged in your community. However, that can just be the beginning. Bring that community service into the classroom, and now you have more than just one volunteer. You have several. But getting to know your community is not all about the student. It's about the instructor, the educator, as well. As an educator, you have the opportunity to create relationships with these nonprofits and try to understand their purpose and their mission. Your continuing knowledge will help guide students to certain service learning projects. This may even cause you to volunteer more and be a good example for your colleagues. Most of all, you'll begin to appreciate more all these vital nonprofit organizations that are helping so many people have a better life.