Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Volunteering makes me feel great!

Name: Sean Huston
From: Toms River, New JErsey
Grade: 10
School: Toms River High School South
Votes: 0

Essay by Sean Huston

What is the area in which you have chosen to volunteer (e.g.,
homelessness, anti-drunk driving, youth art programs, etc.).? Why did
you choose it?

I actually volunteer in 2 places.

I started out at Habitat for Humanity in the summer of my freshman
year. I was unable to do much because I was underage to work out “on
the job”, so I was placed in the offices. When the advisors
realized I had mad technical skills, I completely overhauled the
volunteer and purchase order data bases. I was able to help Habitat
become more efficient and work as a better organization

Then I began simple volunteer days here and there at the local library.
The more I did the more I loved it. Whether I was setting up for
events, helping an elderly person with their laptop or smart phone or
reading to children, I was a great experience that made me do it more
often

  • How many hours per year / week / month have you volunteered?

I began just hear and there.. But as I enjoyed doing it and how it made
me feel I have logged over 140 hours in the past year and a half.

  • What are / were your responsibilities as a volunteer?

At Habitat: I was working on databases and doing office work. I would
make phone calls to volunteers and help clean up.

At the Ocean County Library, I have done so many events, Workshops and
worked with the S.A.I.L Program though the summer.

  • What has been your biggest challenge as a volunteer?

Shyness. I am a very shy and quiet guy. Volunteering has really opened my
up. I don’t have issue with taking to people anymore

  • What has giving you the most satisfaction as a volunteer?

I love the reward when someone says , Sean really helped. I like it
when the older people come in not understanding their phone or laptop
and I see the light click after I explain it and show them how to
solve the problem.

  • What have you learned from your volunteer position?

I learn d that helping out is great. I meet new people and have made
lifetime friends. I enjoy the fact that I feel a part of something.
And I am always trying to get people involved. I am taking both of
my sibling with me this year to the library and this time I am the
advisor.

Thank you


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