Victoria’s Service Reflection
In my 12 years as a Friends student and in the past four years in high school I have worked with many organizations all around NYC to not only fulfill the service requirement but to support issues that mean a lot to me. However, despite the countless hours I have spent cooking meals, picking up trash, teaching english, and planting flowers, this year was the first I helped in the Friends Shelter. Since I was in kindergarten I remember seeing the cots unfolded in the common room as we were leaving activities held in the evenings, but had little connection or knowledge to the shelter. Just this week, although knowing about it for 13 years, I volunteered for the first time to help the shelter by making dinner (a main-course, vegetable, and breakfast for 14 people). It took me over four hours to buy and cook the food and prepare it to be delivered to those staying the night at Friends. In the time I have been connected with friends, individuals have contributed in serving roughly 4745 meals, of which I have contributed one. Although I relish the hours I spent helping with other organizations, as I prepare to leave I see that I wish I had helped serve the organizations that are fundamental in our community. Given my history with the school as well as my home’s proximity to the school, I will most definitely cook another meal, but realizing the time lost has taught me that I should be looking around my immediate community first and foremost, as we don’t have to go far to lend a helping hand to someone in need.