Youth Forward scholarship summer 2016 – How I’ve Changed my Community

Name: Rachel Nicole Davis
From: Canton, Ohio
Grade: 12
School: GlenOak High School
Votes: 0

A large part of my life, especially over the past four years, has been
being involved in volunteering; and I truly enjoy it. I have always
loved to help people. No matter what the situation, I want to help.
There is a certain feeling of fulfillment that can only be achieved
by knowing that I made a difference.

For the past two years, I have volunteered at the Players Guild Theatre
in Canton Ohio. This theatre group has been around for over 80 years,
and relies on volunteers and donations to keep the theater alive. I
have worked six shows backstage and have ushered for four others. I
also was cast in a children’s production, which required many
rehearsal hours as well as performance hours for local children. The
small staff at the Guild always knows that they can count on me.
Because of my 500+ volunteer hours in theatre, I was awarded the
International Honor Thespian Award at my high school.

I am also active in my Church’s youth group. I have volunteered for
Mission trips during the last two summers. In June of 2014, my youth
group went to Detroit, Michigan, for a week to help Young Neighbors
in Action. We helped a church in a small town by picking up trash,
sorting clothes to set up a Free-Store, mowing lawns, painting the
inside of the church, and digging up a sidewalk that was covered up
by dirt and grass (making it more safe for people to walk in the
neighborhood). I would like to go back to Detroit one day soon to
continue the community improvement.

In July of 2015, my youth group volunteered for a week with Hammer &
Nails in downtown Massillon, Ohio. Hammer & Nails is a local
organization that helps families in need with home improvements. In
this case, the father of the family had cancer, and was not able to
paint their house. Our responsibilities were to scrape the old paint
off the two-story house, prime it, and apply two coats of paint. A
high-light of my experience was getting on a 30 foot ladder to paint
the eaves (and encouraging others to do the same)! The family was so
appreciative that they made us lunch on our final day as a thank you.

I really love the joyful feeling in my heart that comes from helping
people. This feeling fuels me to continue my efforts. Volunteering is
something that I believe in, and will always do; and I hope to be a
shining example to others to join me in doing the one thing that I
love the most.

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