Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2017 – A Life Changing Experience

Name: Niteria Rochelle Caraway
From: Dallas , Texas
Grade: 10
School: Gatewat Charter Academy
Votes: 0

Niteria Caraway

A life changing Experience

For the past two months i’ve been volunteering a Nursing home called Meadow Creek
located Lancaster tx. I began volunteering for my senior project,
which was to do 50 hours of community service. This volunteering
experience was very important to me, because it taught me that
happiness can still exist at an old age regardless of the health
condition or circumstances. My volunteering experience was very
memorable, i would do it all over again. I learned that the reward of
volunteering is a two-way street. You’ll be surprised by how much you
will get back, whether it be a new outlook on life or just a warm

For the past two months i’ve been doing two hours every
monday-thursday. This experience has grown me mentally and shown me a
lot, the effect that the elderly people has had on my gave me a new
perspective on life.

The duties that had to fulfil consisted of preparing the dinner table and also
preparing the residents drinks. Then i would go around checking on
residents until supper time, i would go to their rooms checking to
see if they needed any help doing something or assistance with
anything. I also help the residence with decorating their doors, work
out with them and play activities. The residents are very nice and
communicative, they would always have something nice to say. Sitting
down and chatting with a resident can provide knowledge for anyone
Many of the residence have life experiences much different from other
younger generations. They may have spent a few years serving their
country in the military during a life-changing war, or struggled to
get by during an economic depression.

I had the opportunity to sit and talk to them about their life and many other
things. This experience encouraged me a lot. It showed me that
although those people where places in the nursing home for whatever
reason or maybe even neglected by family members, they still found a
reason to keep holding on and continuing to live the life they were
made to live.

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