Growing up in a small community, I was always amazed to see local community members continually give their time to volunteer and serve. Their countless hours giving to the community, was a motivation for me to give back whenever I got the opportunity.
Opportunities came around this past summer. Every Monday through Thursday that I was available, I volunteered at the summer lunch program. Meals were served to children ages 1-18 and I helped keep books, pass out milks, along with set up and clean up.
I, also, volunteered as a summer league basketball coach; holding practices and coaching games. I loved working with the players and it gave me a whole new appreciation for coaches.
Near the end of the summer, because I was no longer a 4-H member, I was able to help out at our county fair. This included being a volunteer for foods judging, helping set up and clean up the pens in the barn, and being responsible for five 4-H members during the barn sleep over.
I had a new experience this summer, which was attending the SkillsUSA National Conference. Here, I learned about an organization I knew nothing about and was able to experience part of the national conference as I spent two days welcoming, and passing out t-shirts and backpacks.
I loved being able to spend my summer helping others and also meeting and working with some amazing people.