Volunteers’ experiences are as unique as the volunteers themselves, but the experiences cause change and growth in all those who are involved. Here are a few reflections from ROC students.
“One thing I have learned from serving others is that we are all connected. It is our duty to serve one another because there is a universal meaning to being human which lives inside us all and it is through service we become more fully ourselves in solidarity with one another.” –Meredith Deacon, volunteer at Dismas House and the Massachusetts Veteran’s Shelter
“I learned that you can find joy in the simple things and that the people that you’re helping end up helping you.” –Crismel Calderon, volunteer at Kid’s Klub at Great Brook Valley
“I was motivated to volunteer by a peer, and then really enjoyed the feeling of helping others and seeing what it did for them made me want to serve as much as I could.” –Isabelle Biennestin, volunteer at Our Lady of Angels
“From serving others, I have learned that you learn the most about yourself when stepping outside of your comfort zone – you discover a whole new part of yourself.” –Leanna Hartnack, volunteer at Special Olympics
“By serving others you find yourself to be more humble and to not take things for granted especially in helping those what are less fortunate.” –Stevie Senior, volunteer at Abby Kelley Foster Charter School
“I have learned that not all children get the one-on-one time they need at home, and giving them this time while volunteering can truly make an impact on them.” –Ariana Babigian, volunteer at Rainbow Childhood Development Center Preschool
“I have learned that everyone has something to share, you just need to get to know them and take the time to listen to them.” –Laura Tremaglio, volunteer at Pernet Family Services Homework Club