Making a difference

In Editorials on September 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

By:Austin Hazen

In an effort to get young students volunteering austin discusses the importance of helping others. Photo courtesy of Lauren Kirby

Have you ever felt like you need to make a difference in some way but don’t know how? I was once like that, until I was asked to volunteer at my church for an organization called First Serve. It is held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. First Serve is where anyone, on the first Saturday of every month, can choose between 8 different places to go and serve. At first I was reluctant, but once I went it changed my life. Not too long after that I was asked to volunteer at my mom’s work at the Billy Graham Library. I have been volunteering there for about two years now and still enjoy it. The people there are so nice and you get to help people grow closer to their relationship with Jesus Christ.

            It takes a lot to give up your time to volunteer and step outside of your comfort zone. The feeling you get knowing that you have helped someone who is less fortunate than you or doesn’t have the ability to go out and run their own errands is amazing. There are so many different places to volunteer and so many different types of volunteer opportunities. Instead of sitting on your couch and watching TV, if you’re able, go out and pick weeds for a neighbor or pick up trash on the side of the road. Those are two easy ways to serve your community. Every December, I go with my church to volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child in Charlotte. Whether you’re wrapping shoe boxes or even packing them with care, in the end when you think about the little boy or girl that will receive that box and the difference you have made in their life, it will be well worth your time.

            A plus side to volunteering besides feeling good about what you do is that colleges look at the things you do with your time outside of school. The cool thing is you don’t have to always get permission to volunteer. Picking up trash on the side of the road is one of the ways you volunteer to help out our environment. Volunteering is an easy and fun way to make a difference. This is your chance to make a change in the community or in someone’s life, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity.


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