Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2016 – Helping One at a Time

Name: Kaylyn Ibsgaard
From: Omaha, NE
Grade: 12
School: Nebraska Methodist College
Votes: 0

One at a Time

I have decided that volunteering in a homeless shelter is the right place for me. I chose to volunteer here because I know that there is
always a constant need of help. There is usually always something that needs to get done, and there aren’t enough people to volunteer. I volunteered because I like to make a difference in someone’s life. Something as small as serving fruit and bread to these people can brighten their day. By volunteering I have learned how fortunate I have it and it has made me appreciate what I have. Although I have not volunteered as much as I would like, I have volunteered one time at the People City Mission in Lincoln, Nebraska. I helped in the kitchen from 11:30 am until about 1:30 pm.

My responsibilities were to help serve the food when the people came through the line. I was given the job of salad, but then I was able
to switch to serving fruit and bread. I had to make sure that everybody that came through the line was offered those items. Most of
them took it, while there were some who denied it. After everybody had gone through the line, we had to clean up. When we were cleaning up we had used teamwork, to get the job done fast and efficient.

My biggest challenge as a volunteer is making time to volunteer. As a high school student it is hard to find time. I try to find time every
month to volunteer at least once. I know that sometimes it is going to be difficult, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help out. Even if it is only for a couple of hours out of my day, I can still say that I helped when they needed me.

Something that has given me the most satisfaction out of volunteering is seeing the people’s faces light up when I hand them food. I know that it is a tough world out there, and just to have these people smile and say thank you really makes me appreciate what I’m doing. These people are homeless for a reason. Something has happened to them that has caused this and they must really be in a dark time, but to be able to smile and say thank you to somebody you don’t know is amazing. That is what ultimately makes me love volunteering.

Looking toward the future I can only see myself becoming more involved in volunteering activities. I hope to become more involved in multiple shelters. This is something that I will keep doing until the day I can’t do it anymore. I love being able to help others when they are in a time of need, and volunteering helps me to be able to see that is what I want to do.

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