Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Volunteerism

Name: Paige Bartine
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Grade: 12th
School: Chisholm Trail High School
Votes: 0

Volunteerism

I have done multiple different forms of volunteer work, but my favorite activity
I have been a part of is my yearly summer mission trip. I volunteer
with a friend’s youth group, and we travel a few hours away to help
out communities in need. We drive down Sunday and spend the entire
week there, splitting up into groups with other youth groups and
taking on multiple projects. I choose to do this because I know there
are people less fortunate than I who are physically/mentally unable
to fix up their fence or get a new paint job. I love seeing the
gratitude on their faces and the feeling of fulfillment that I’ve
truly made a difference in their life. So far, I’ve been on three
different mission trips. My duties have included painting
houses/churches, building a wheelchair ramp, and fixing up houses. We
worked tirelessly from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. every day, making sure
our project got completed. Our wheelchair ramp for an older lady who
couldn’t get out of her house spanned 40 feet, we painted five
different churches for Indians in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and painted and
patched up a house for a woman and her children in Hillsboro. All of
these projects have been more than worth the time and effort, and I
wish I was able to go on more than one trip per summer. The most
difficult challenges that I have personally experienced are getting
myself out there with people that I am unfamiliar with, and not being
afraid to pick up new responsibilities. Power tools can be daunting,
and I don’t want to make a mistake. From volunteering I have
learned that it is important to embrace new people and opportunities,
and it’s always good to go out of my way to assist anybody that I
can.


Volunteering is always needed, no matter if you are getting paid or
not. There will always be a need for someone to step up to the plate
and volunteer to do or take care of something. I hope to work with
the environment and protect it from our own harmful ways as much as
possible. I will have to volunteer new ideas and project ideas in
order to get anything started or accomplished. Being well-versed in
volunteering will certainly help me in this aspect. “Forward
looking” involves looking towards the future, and analyzing how
certain activities will affect future processes. I believe that these
mission trips will leave lasting impacts on communities now and in
the coming future. Not only will they impact communities, they will
also touch the hearts of many people; both volunteers and those who
have been helped. I firmly believe that if I checked back with the
UMC mission trips years from now, a multitude of “differences”
will have been made, not only across Texas, but across the entire
country.


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