Name: Kamille Magdirila
From: Carson, California
School: Academy of Medical Arts
Volunteers are given well-deserved praise and attention day to day for their outstanding work, but more often than not, this isn’t always the case. Many volunteers have no name, nor be portrayed on the news ever accredit their work, and the only ones who will remember their work will be those lives that they have made a change in. There it is-the primary purpose anyone should decide to volunteer, it’s because the impact that one person can make on countless lives, is truly a miracle. In fact, there is a great amount of hate and selfishness in the world, volunteering for a greater cause than their selves is where our humanity lays. This is where my volunteer work commences, with the purpose of making a difference in both the world and people’s lives.
I volunteer in a handful of places, never really having that set area. This is because no matter who, what, when, where, or why, anyone could use your help, whether they are aware of that or not. I work under an organization called HOSA: Future Health
Professionals. My volunteer work under this organization has taught me that we are capable of reaching out to wide populations of people, and that in most cases, those we help, just needed support and the reassurance that there is someone there for them.
For example, when Typhoon Haiyan hit and devastated the Philippines, I was there with my city to run a telethon for victims and relief. Another example would be when I did a walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Victims of these shattering diseases needed my organization’s support to sleep a bit sounder. When events that devastate others from leading a normal life happen, it’s hard to believe that one person can help. It is the team effort we all really share that helps these people continue and have what was deprived in their sorrow, hope.
My work does not stop here, however. I continue to use my talents to provide my help in other parts of my community. I volunteer as a catechist for my church, St. Philomena. My service here has shaped me as an individual because it showed me that my presence has inspired the lives of the kids that I teach. This is the most rewarding, because I came from a time in my life where I felt like I didn’t matter. I learned that my kids were inspired by my actions that I commit to in my life, and saw me as guidance in their Catholic faith.
The biggest challenge, I would say, is at times you wanted to feel appreciated for your service, but I soon learned that the reward is in itself. What I mean is that we spend too much time searching for approval from others’ acknowledgement, and this will make us feel that our work is worth it. I participate because I am proud to be a volunteer and I want to make a difference in people’s lives.