Youth Forward Scholarship Summer 2017 – My Commitment To Volunteering

Name: Emori Reece
From: Cedar Hill, Texas
Grade: 9th grade
School: Cedar Hill High School
Votes: 0

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give
(Winston Churchill).” These past few years from being in middle
school to finally being in high school, I have experienced what it
means to truly give back.  I have learned that by volunteering.
I started volunteering at my church by helping the leaders
watch the three and four year olds.  From there, I began to not
just watch the kids, but to actually interact with them as they
played games and other activities. By doing that, not only did it
help me understand the actual meaning of giving back, but it helped
me to realize that there’s so much more to things then what they
seem like at first.

I’ve been volunteering for over two years now at my church, and I can
honestly say that it not only has improved my mindset about things,
but it has also grown me spiritually.  I never knew how much
giving back to people really meant until I started doing it, and I
can honestly say that it really has changed my perspective on things.
It has taught me to not only be grateful for everything that I
have, but to be cheerful and happy while I am giving back to those
who need it more than I do. Recently, I joined this leadership
program at my church called Fuse. In Fuse we not only learn how to
better spread the word of God, but we learn how to give back as well.
We recently went on this outing at this place called Youth World.
Youth World is basically an organization in Dallas that gives back to
kids who are less fortunate.  On this certain day they invited
us to help out with getting things set up, and they also allowed us
to manage and control the Easter egg hunt.  At first I was kind
of hesitant about it because it was a new experience for me, but I am
so happy that I ended up doing it. Just seeing the look on the kids’
faces when they were running to get the Easter eggs and watching them
hear the gospel about the true meaning of Easter brought joy to my
heart, because I knew that they didn’t usually get that opportunity
very often.  Being there to participate in that outing was a
life changing moment for me, and I will never forget it.  So
with that I am one hundred percent committed to giving back to
others, because it makes me happy inside to do it. For as someone
once said, “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and
I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is
joy (kahlil Gibran).”


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