From a Volunteer’s Perspective

Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth.”

       I find great truth in this quote, and it’s exactly what inspired me to start volunteer work. The payment I make for my space on earth is my service to the Campus Kitchen Project. As an organization here at W&L, the Campus Kitchen and its volunteers do so much for the people around them. It may seem like a lot of work, but at the end of the day, the volunteers can look back and think humbly about all of the people that they’ve aided.

    In the part-time internship that I do with Campus Kitchen, I am able to experience all the different parts of what makes this organization successful.

    In the morning, other volunteers and I get to go to the campus garden and tend to the plants that we grow. After a morning’s work of weeding and watering, you can feel and see the improvement that has been made.

    Shortly after that, we get to go see the beautiful people over at RAOC. Nothing has been more gratifying in this program than for me to have the opportunity to interact with these people. It makes the work well worth it.

    The next trip we make is to Summer Fun at the Community Center. Here, we teach children about the benefits of buying and eating locally grown fruits and vegetables. We teach them lessons about the foods that we bring for them to sample. Helping increase awareness about the benefits of local food is a fantastic thing to do, especially for children.

    To finish off the day at Campus Kitchen, we return to the kitchen and prepare food to be used at a later date. Knowing that you’re making food with mostly donated products makes for a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Using what has been graciously donated to us to cook and serve, is a way of killing two birds with one stone. You use food that would’ve otherwise been thrown away, and feed people in need.

    In conclusion, the time that I’ve spent this summer devoting my time to Campus Kitchen has made for one of the best times of my life. It’s all thanks to the wonderful people, specifically Jenny Davidson, who make this organization possible. I was able to meet great people who also have a passion for volunteering, and I got to make a difference in my community. 

So what are you waiting for? Make your payment for your space here on earth, and VOLUNTEER:)