Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – Echoes of Kindness

Name: Sarah Catherine Jones
From: Slidell, Louisiana
Grade: Sophomore
School: Northshore High School
Votes: 0

Volunteerism
isn’t something that can be explained in an essay. It is work that
comes from the very core of a person, the part of them that defines
who they are. I could sit here and tell you how I clock in over 10
service hours a week, how I head three service clubs, but that means
nothing, absolutely nothing, if you don’t know what volunteerism
means to me.

I
cannot explain to you how volunteering has changed not only me but
the people to whom I dedicate my time. I can tell you about the way
the second grader I tutor twice a week smiles a grin I would assume
would be toothy, if she had her front teeth, every time I tell her
how smart she is, even though she cannot read. I can tell you about
the way the woman whose house we rebuilt had a little tear collect in
the corner of her eye that caught the light in a way no jewel or
diamond ever could as she looked upon a house that she knew her
children would be safe in. I can tell you about the way chills seemed
to paralyze my body, like being frozen in a moment of pure serenity
and awe, as we listened to the Columbian orphans sang us a song of
gratitude. I can tell you that I care more than anything about
helping others. I can tell you that I want to dedicate the rest of my
life to helping people who cannot help themselves. I can tell you
that I want to work with doctors without borders. I can tell you that
I cannot afford a student loan if I plan on spending the rest of my
life giving instead of receiving.

I
can tell you all of these things, and it kills me that I have no way
to prove them to you. I know that I have not answered every question
in the aforementioned requirements. I know I deviated from the
rubric, but that was the point. I am being honest. I am being
genuine. I have taken upon myself a servant heart. I give without
hopes of receiving. This is a huge role reversal, and I find myself
in a position where I must ask for someone else’s kindness, someone
else’s resources to help me through a tough situation. I know that
this organization does not owe me anything, but isn’t that the
beauty of what we do?


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