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my junior year of high school, I have been fortunate enough to
volunteer for a non-profitable organization called Willow Wish.
Through this organization myself and other volunteers perform hearing
screenings on newborns of patients who come to us from all across the
Arizona. I chose to be a volunteer for this organization because ever
since I was little I have had a passion for caring for children. What
better way to fulfill that desire than being apart of human beings
earliest months? I volunteer with Willow Wish every Wednesday for
three hours. As a volunteer it is our responsibility to educate the
families on early action and prevention to detecting hearing defects.
We must also keep the babies as comfortable as possible while
administering the test. One of the biggest challenges is, without a
doubt, having to tell a baby’s parents that they did not pass the
screening. While our particular equipment is not diagnostic, it’s
difficult to explain to the parents where to go from here. Some
parents refuse to believe their child could have a possible hearing
difficulty, some are crushed by the news. It’s our responsibility
to comfort the families and assist them toward the next steps of this
journey, but it’s hard for the volunteers to put themselves in the
families’ situations as most of us are still “kids” ourselves.
Along with this responsibility has come immense satisfaction. It is
such an extraordinary feeling to know you played an essential role in
a human being’s life. For the newborns who pass the screening, we
can know that we have just done something that got that child a
little closer to a successful, happy life. No other volunteer program
I have been apart of has gave me a feeling that came even close to
that one.I have learned so much from volunteering with Willow Wish. I
have learned the value of responsibility, sympathy, and also care.
While the hard parts will never go away, I have never regretted
having to get through them just to see the good parts.
could not have chosen a more fulfilling organization to be apart of.
I went into this having an idea for a future in the healthcare
industry. I am now coming out of it, almost a year later, with a
deepening love for being able to play a significant role in
children’s lives. “Forward looking” to me means extracting the
characteristics in everything you do that will benefit you down the
road, and I feel as thought this volunteer opportunity was just that.
Being in this program has gave me new expectation of the world around
me. I hope that every individual who has not yet found their place is
given the opportunity to experience something that will change them
for the better. Being a volunteer for Willow Wish has changed me for
the better and every bump along the road that landed me here, I
wouldn’t change for anything.