Summer Service

This summer in the beginning of June, I helped out with the head start program in China Town. I helped in a classroom and played with kids for three hours each day for two weeks. The kids and I played in the block area or the drawing table for a few hours and then went out and played in the park for an hour each day. I worked with kids in the 4-5 age range and I felt like I made a big impression on them. I befriended a few kids and felt like they really looked up to me. This is the first time that I thought I needed to set an example for someone and I felt really close to the kids when we were playing in the playground or working on a drawing together.

Being in China Town, there was a lot of ethnic diversity in the program which had kids from Chinese backgrounds to kids with Hispanic background. Despite the ethnic differences, I felt really connected to these kids and the larger China Town community. I was a part of a community helping to care for young kids, and I felt like I was making a difference to these children. While participating at this service opportunity, I met a lot of people who really cared for their community and valued stewardship. I crossed paths with two other young person volunteers and thought that they both truly cared for the children that were at the program that they volunteered for, much like I did. This is how I saw that “Light is present in us all” and I truly respected the other volunteers and employees in the head start program. The children’s faces lit up every time a volunteer entred the room and their great attitudes and personalities made every day I went down to china town a treat.

Miles Donnelly’s Post

For one of my outdoor service activities I cooked for the Friends Seminary Homeless Shelter. Me and my friend cooked chicken for dinner and chcolate chip scones for breakfast or desert. Cooking for the shelter was very rewarding because I felt that I was helping a community that I am really connected to in that there was an orginization that was available right in the school comunity. Friends Seminary is my school so I was more than happy to help in the shelter. This experience was also rewarding because I was able to hone my cooking skills. I am not the best cook but any time I am able to pick up and learn a new skill I am happy to take on the challange. The Friends Homeless Shelter was not a big part of my life before I did this service opportunity. In fact, I did not even know it existed until my friend told me to do some cooking for them. When I found out that Friends ran a shelter I was overjoyed to be a part of a community that was so active in serving the larger community. I was also glad that this type of service was so readily available, making it easy for everyone to help out. I had a great time cooking for the shelter this year and hope to continue my involvement in the future.