The organization, which I decided to volunteer two hours of my day to, was Cumac. Cumac is located in Paterson, New Jersey and they work to serve the people in the counties of Passaic, Paterson, and Northern New Jersey. They work with a staff of 21 and volunteers from all over to help people in need with food and supplies they would need to survive. Their mission statement is: “CUMAC feeds people and changes lives. It works to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in Paterson, Passaic County, and northern New Jersey.”
In this nonprofit organization, we volunteer at different events around the Greater Kansas City area. I gained more than 15 hours of service work. We organized school dances, pep rallies, and took part in Global Youth Service Day. We attend seminars during the school year to learn more about business etiquette and career development.
I met with two other students at the festival entrance to assist in receiving canned food donations. We also provided coupons for the food donations as well as expressing a positive interest and thankfulness on behalf of the food bank. Food donations were boxed and stacked for collection at the end of the event for easy transport back to the food bank warehouse. Monetary donations were also accepted on behalf of the food bank during the collection event.
In middle school and high school, almost every club I was in had to do with serving the community. It has always been something I enjoyed doing. I live in Johnstown, a city where many of the families are in poverty. One of my school 's biggest projects was Trojan Family Christmas, which was a charity event sponsored by Kiwanis Club through our Key Club that ensured children within my school district got at least one present. The members of Key Club, which included myself, put together different activities for the children, which included making Christmas ornaments and hot chocolate.
This was my chance to have something that would really raise my confidence. Since the beginning of the season I had wanted to play in this tournament, but I knew to get there it would take a lot of grit and perseverance. My coach could only take 6 boys to this tournament so he was gonna take the best possible to good as a team.
Throughout high school I have participated in many different activities and programs, but one of the opportunities I was given I will carry with me forever. As a junior at River Valley I participated in the Marion General Teen Volunteer Program. After interviewing and being placed in the physical therapy unit I took the opportunity to branch out into other areas of the hospital. I soon made my way to the labor and delivery floor where everyday a miracle happened. My duties while volunteering included assisting the nurses during hearing checks, changing diapers, and rocking crying infants in special care.
During my final year of Cross Country around Regionals at Oglethorpe, I ran my final race for my high school career. Banks County was nearly number one in the State, the furthest we had ever ranked in history, and spirit and hopes for State Championship were high. I was nervous, like nobody’s business, I had messed up during my senior night because I was upset for my parents for not showing up and escorting me. And I was scared that I was going to do horribly. But as I ran, I realized that if I let my past mistakes and failures hold me back or get in my way, so I ran, harder and better than I ever had before and apparently even beat a “skinny kid”.
I was mainly excited about being able to volunteer somewhere and get the feel of being a social worker. My first thoughts were, where I would I volunteer? The first thing that came to mind was the veteran’s home. I say that because I have an uncle who is a veteran. So initially I felt like if I volunteered their, maybe I could learn what ways I can better assist my uncle in what he is going through.
When I was a freshman, I went to was an event called Winter Rage at Clackamas High School. It was a day where the school collected donations of food, clothes, toys, and basic items for families in need around the community. The day of the event required hours of set-up and packaging. When families arrived, it was very heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces as they received enough food and warm clothes for the winter season. I was in charge of handing out toys and Christmas gifts to children and families.
I have been an active member in Family Career and Community Leaders of America for three years. One year as a member, the next as secretary, and the last as president. One organization that is involved with FCCLA is Big Brothers Big Sisters where I was given the chance to mentor two ‘littles’ in my time there. This summer my church went and helped with the opening ceremonies of special Olympics and other subtle service projects that benefit others. These organizations have taught me many lessons and each hold a special place in my heart.
I was determined to learn how to play video games, I showed them I can climb to the very top of the tree, and I developed a passion for sports. And now a few years later being apart of SkillsUsa has boost my confidence level. I also believe that becoming Regional President can give me that push to be a better me and I can inspire others to become better being themselves. Being commitment to SkillsUSA for the past 2 years has been one of the greatest experiences I've had during my high school years.
Volunteering for the AHA Heart Walk was a great experience. The students of HOSA helped set up the walk and helped contribute for the $100,000 donated for the American Heart Association. The Heart Walk helped me learn more about the dangers of cardiovascular disease and how important it was to exercise for an hour a day. With hard work and effort, I put a lot of spirit into leadership. Taking time in the ability tree helped me grow as a person.
Despite my shortcomings, I started to improve thanks to the kind people who took the time to help me. The next year, I joined the CYO Basketball team, as well as track. Once again, I was not at the same level of talent as the other kids, but my coach was kind and patient with me. Throughout the season, I improved, but more importantly, I learned about the game and about teamwork. This past year, I joined my church’s cross country team . . . .
While working with a Pharmacist at the care center I got to ask question required for my work field. She helped me learn medication that could be used in emergency depending on the patienst problem. Volunteering has helped me gain much more interest about my career at the same time. So I figured out how helping others helps you. A situation that made a great impact on me was when I helped an elder get on to his wheelchair from her