scratch your back and you scratch mine”. This is a saying I heard
from many people and a quote that I take as my own. Homelessness is
an epidemic issue both national and global. There were many times
when I came close to homelessness. My dad kept losing his job, the
increase of rent every month, paying extra for an increase in rent
for storage, placing and paying two tuitions for two kids, bills,
taxes, and other responsibilities to pay for is leading my family
closer to homelessness. No matter how poor I am, it will not prevent
me from volunteering to help others.
it obvious from my introduction above, I volunteered to help the
homeless. I chose this because of my experience of nearly hitting
homelessness. I volunteered for 4 to 6 hours at an organization that
takes in homeless families. My role was a tutor and daycare sitter,
where I aid children with their homework, while keeping an eye on
them as their parents go out to work or find jobs. Sometimes there
would be no children before 3pm because they would still be in
school. So, during that time I would clean the room by organizing
books, toys, and throwing away trash.
does not mean there would be challenges. There was one child who was
always distracted from doing his homework. So, I used operant
conditioning where I would give him a piece of chocolate for every
question he does and gets it correct. If he gets it wrong, then I
would help them until it is correct then hand them the chocolate.
Challenges also come with satisfaction for all the hard work and time
spent helping. I was most satisfied when children were motivated into
learning and seeing their smiles as they see their parents picking
them up, and I would overhear them saying how I helped them with
their homework. This experience has taught me that when working with
children I need a lot of patience but seeing them accomplish
something is worth the wait.
means being able to look ahead and expect good things to come. I see
my actions as sacrificing my time for others. I spent my time
watching kids, so that parents can have more time to do their own
responsibilities. I hope to see children be motivated to not only
learn but pass on their motivation by helping others as well. In a
few years, I do believe my activities would have made a difference.
Homeless children would stay in school and stay motivated to continue
their education and learning to achieve better in life. Their parents
would be thankful, for they had the chance to help their themselves
find jobs and homes. Overall, I do not expect people to help me back
but seeing the smiles on their face and the word “thank you”, are
all I need as a return to scratch my back.