This essay is for an award I'm applying for, I had to describe ways I demonstrate dedication to the betterment of society and contribute to my community through volunteer work.I had to tell why supporting others, the environment etc. is important to me.
I have always loved working with my hands, even if that’s just cleaning up my room. Thankfully I’ve gotten other opportunities to utilize these useful tools. Through my church I’ve been able to help out in community kitchens, food banks, teach sunday school and volunteer at countless summer camps. As one of the more fortunate people on this earth, I feel that I’m obligated to help others who don’t have it so good. I also want to pass on the blessings and love that I have received throughout my life. I’m so thankful for all the volunteer positions that I’ve been in and being able to work with my hands.
Though I may be strongly introverted, I love people. Being connected to my community and church have always played a huge role in my life. When I was ages 9 - 14 I would regularly help out in the nursery and I was a Sunday school helper Then when I turned 15 I was allowed to teach. During the summer I help a lot with the summer camps my church runs, this year was especially difficult because we had to abide by B.C’s covid rules. My church also holds various events throughout the year that I volunteer at, Halloween Games Night, the Easter and Christmas children services to name a few. Once a month some of us from my church would go to Grace Point and cook dinner for over a 100 homeless people. I often set tables, served food and cleaned up afterwards. Through my youth group I had the chance to help at Surrey Urban Missions which is a homeless shelter. This past christmas I made christmas cards for the homeless staying there. This year I began helping at my youth group, planning events and the like. Volunteering at my church has always been a big part of my life and I’m glad that it is still able to continue.
Two summers ago I found a deep love for helping the homeless. Every year we go on a SERVE trip, that year it was hosted by Victoria CRC. The week was filled with volunteering and lots of hard work. My group helped out at multiple food banks, this included the Mustard Seed, Saint Vincent De Paul and Shelbourne Community Kitchen’s partner the Luthern church. These experiences were so new to me, as I have never helped out strangers like that before. We helped stock shelves, sort through food and helped others throughout the store. During that week we also helped tear down blackberry bushes, ivy and other invasive species at Peacock park in the Saanich parks and L'Abre retreat center. It was truly an experience to remember.
Sadly now that everything has been shut down, I haven’t had as many volunteering opportunities. Though I still try my best to pick up garbage while going on walks or pulling down blackberry bushes. Giving a helping hand to those in need is extremely important to me. I want to spread God’s love even if it’s in the little things.