Towards the end of August, I volunteered at the Children’s Museum of the East End, which provides children with fun and educational programs. I was really interested in volunteering there since as I child it was my favorite place to go during the summers. It’s filled with many games and activities kids can take part in. The museum encourages children to learn in a fun and productive way by offering many different rooms where the kids learn about the environment, math, do puzzles etc. My favorite section of the room was the entrance, which had different animals and little posters with facts about the animal. I volunteered on a Saturday from nine to six, helping set up for two birthday parties. I also walked around the museum and cleaned up any messes left behind by the kids. At the end of the day, I helped close the museum by helping set up the rooms again.
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Back in July, I volunteered for the Randy Abreu campaign for City Council, District 14. One of the main things that caught my interest about the campaign was about how it focused on progressivism and youth. Abreu was only 28, yet he had worked on the Obama campaign and gained the support of Bernie Sanders. The other people who were working the campaign were all college students, and it felt like a small yet tight-knight group of people. The high school volunteers came mostly from schools in the Bronx, and going to school in lower Manhattan, it was nice to have a sort of change of pace. Mostly, the volunteers went out to canvass, and seeing parts of neighborhood (Fordham Hill) I was not very accustomed to was very interesting, especially since I got to interact with a wide variety of people. It was fascinating to see which type of person supported Fernando Cabrera, the more conservative candidate, and who supporter Abreu. While Randy did not end up winning the election, he still did well for a new candidate, getting in second place with about 20 percent of the votes.
Over the summer, I volunteered for the Halcottsville Fire Department Auxiliary, a very small organization that works with the small town’s volunteer fire department. The focus of the fundraiser that I helped with was to raise money for the renovation of the old fire department building, currently rotting away on main street,with the purpose of making the building into a small museum about the town’s history. Just like the old building, Halcottsville has seen better days, so this is also an effort to revitalize the town by bringing in people who might not otherwise stop while also making the town more presentable. The event was a “Penny Social,” a mix of garage sale and auction, so throughout the event I was delivering to people their winnings and moving dozens of metal folding chairs and tables. I was mostly working with people who I have known for a long time, and it was a great feeling to give back to my community.