My name is Abby
Consiglio. I am fourteen years old, and I live in Michigan.
Volunteering has played a tremendous role in my life. I have
volunteered mostly at our local library and Active Faith (a local
food pantry). I chose to volunteer in this way because I think
education is one of the most important parts of a person’s life.
But to be educated, you need a healthy body and a healthy mind. So,
I help people get free healthy food at Active Faith, and then free
learning at the library. Everyone should have the right to these
resources, not matter how much money they make.
I average about two
to three hours of volunteer work per month. My responsibilities at
Active Faith are to help people select groceries and carry them to
their cars. Many shoppers are disabled, so getting items off of
shelves can be difficult for them. I help stock shelves and load
cars. At the library, I help out at fundraisers, selling lemonade
and desserts and promoting library programs. The biggest challenge
for me is seeing how difficult people’s lives are. It is satisfying
to watch the people at Active Faith pick out their food, but it is
difficult, too, because I know this might be all they have for a long
these help me learn that being a better person doesn’t always mean
that you invent a new technological advancement, or you make
headlines in the news. Spreading individual happiness is what makes a
good person. Making one person happy every day means that you impact
thousands of people over your lifetime. You don’t need recognition
– a simple smile can tell you that you helped.
In my future, I plan
to become a surgeon or a radiologist. I want to help people live
longer, healthier lives. Volunteering is how I do that now.
Volunteering has helped me stay focused on my goal.
means that you must think ahead. In other words, how do your actions
now affect your future and the future of others? I want all people to
have a healthy life and a quality education. My actions now help
others realize that dream.
If I came back to my
town in the future, I believe wholeheartedly that my impacts would
have made a difference. Maybe no one would remember me, but the small
changes I made in people’s lives would affect their futures. Maybe
a child who got free food would do a little better in school because
she wasn’t hungry. Maybe she would become a mom, a teacher, a
friend to someone in need. Maybe the money I raised selling lemonade
at the library would let them buy a new book. And maybe that book
would inspire a little boy to help others. We can never know what
will happen, but the best we can do is to try and change the lives of
others for the better, even if that change is small.