Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Volunteerism

Name: Gregory G. Cooper
From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Grade: 12
School: East Stroudsburg University (starting fall 2016)
Votes: 348


It is often said that charity begins at home. This is where I learned the importance
of doing for others, not for personal benefit, but for the greater
good. As the son of a volunteer youth football coach and a Knight of
Columbus I have seen how the young, elderly and every age in between
in my community have benefited from the contributions of people like
my father. My volunteerism is centered in four areas. These are
youth football coach, Knights of Columbus Squire (youth group), DECA
and church usher. Time commitments are football – 40 hours per
season; Squires – 2 hours per month; DECA – 2 hours per month &
church usher – 4 hours per month. Responsibilities varied on each
from supervisory to team member. These included coaching, laborer in
church repairs, and participation in community service projects for
the Community Food Bank of NJ, Covenant House of NJ, The Seeing Eye
of NJ and Operation ShoeBox NJ. The biggest challenge is knowing that
what we accomplished is a small fraction of the effort needed to make
an impact. I wish more people would see the necessity of
volunteering. My greatest satisfaction is knowing that I made a
difference in lives of people who are greatly in need.

Greg Cooper

(973) 970-0639

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