This is the third year I have completed 100 hours of community service. During the 2011-2012 school year I spent a lot of my volunteering time tutoring math to college students and peers. It was a good experience to have practice helping students of a different age group than I am comfortable with or have experience working with, begin to understand concepts in math they were struggling with. I also really enjoyed helping students succeed in their courses to help further their college career. I also volunteered at Goodnow Hall on campus quite a bit this school year. I really enjoyed giving back to the campus community where I lived during earlier years of my college career. One of my favorite volunteering experiences I had this school year was helping out at Ware Elementary School's Field Day. I really enjoyed interacting with the students and helping with different activities that afternoon. These volunteering opportunities have been a great way to network with different school districts, peers, and members of the Manhattan community. I have realized this year that volunteering has not only helped my community; it also has helped me grow and learn as an individual. I will continue to value volunteering my time to my community wherever I end up in the future!
I did many different community service activities this year. Through out this wide range, I enjoyed projects that worked with children the most. I volunteered as a tutor at the Douglas Center on evenings through the year. I tutored different ages as young as Kindergarten to seniors in high school. This was a great experience getting the opportunity to work with different ages of children with different cultural backgrounds. I enjoyed getting to know the students and helping them with content they struggled with in school. This volunteer opportunity continued to reinforce my passion for helping children succeed with learning and in life!
When I first began thinking about how to do my hours of community service I felt very overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure where to look for opportunities and how I was going to complete all of my hours on top of my schoolwork and meeting new friends. After I began doing different service projects I realized it was going to be much easier than I expected. I found out there are many places that are in need of volunteer help just around Manhattan.
I really enjoyed doing different community service projects throughout the year. It helped me to meet many people I would not have had the chance of meeting otherwise, some being friends still to this day. It felt good knowing that I was helping to fulfill people’s needs and that the work I was doing was much appreciated.
One of the main service projects I volunteered for was for Project Plants and helped at a garden club once a week at an elementary school in Manhattan. I really enjoyed the experience of working with the children and being able to spend time and help teach them about gardening and making healthy decisions.
Other places I helped volunteer were the zoo, a BBQ, helping to build a house, and at an elementary school back home. That is to just list a few. There were many projects I helped throughout the year and each one was very unique and enjoyable.
Overall, completing volunteer hours over the year has been a very good experience. I have met people, gotten involved in my community, and feel like I have made a little difference.