Friday, November 21, 2008

Claire: To Volunteer

By Claire Pescheret

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a volunteer as “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: as- a: one who enters into military service voluntarily b (1): one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest (2): one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration.” Basically, this is an individual who sets aside their own time in order to benefit the needs of others without receiving a monetary reward.

I find volunteering such a rewarding experience. To understand that you are helping another person so much just out of the goodness of your own heart is a phenomenal feeling. This emotion, in and of itself, suffices for me as a “reward.” The work I do is very basic, but I am such an important part of the student’s and teacher’s day. Not only am I benefiting the teachers by assisting with some of their daily tasks, but I am also helping the children with their Spanish and English. I am able to use my skills to help the classroom run smoothly.

As much as I have these strong feelings toward volunteering, I feel as if the majority of high school and college students do not understand the importance of giving of their time. This time of the year is one where it is important to reflect on the things that you have, but also understand that a lot of other people are not as lucky. Simply giving some time or money can mean so much to another person, and can brighten up the season.


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  2. Claire, excellent post.

    One of my students told us one of the traditions in her family is to volunteer together in something within the community the week of Thanksgiving.

    As a foreigner, one of the most amazing things for me about the American character is their will to help out others, and create strong communities.