Surprisingly, I didn’t have to travel very far for a life changing experience. Many people think that they have to go out of the country to meet different people, and try new things. I did that and more, and it only took an hour to get there. This is my story.
I had been thinking about doing volunteer work for a long time. I knew that people have a good time doing it, and that it looked good to colleges. So when my mom and her friend signed me and her daughter, (my mom’s friend’s daughter), up for some volunteer community service work, we were all for it.
It took about an hour to get there by car. We were driven there by a woman named Sheryl; she worked very much with Habitat For Humanity®, which is the organization we were there with. It’s a very large organization that does various types of volunteer work all around the world, and it’s all women. Men do help out a lot as well, though.
When we got there, we immediately noticed that we were going to actually help build a house. The only part of the house that was up was the first floor, and it was just the frame work. So we had to climb up on these very tall platforms that were the same height as the top of the second story floor. People with a fear of heights beware! At first the height was very intimidating, but then once my mind was on what I was doing it wasn’t so bad.
Though I was nailing wood into, well wood, the whole time, it was a life changing experience! I got to meet all kinds of people, talk, and laugh; all while doing hands on work. Having all of those people around me talking and smiling I learned that it worked to smile back, be open, and really listen to what they had to say. I also learned that it didn’t work to not pay attention to others around me. Without being careful and being aware anyone could have gotten seriously injured.
A beautiful day ended due to bad weather. The woman we were building the house for spoke in front of everyone there. She thanked us all for coming to help build a home for her and her two sons. It meant to world to me to have been able to help out someone in need; along with having been able to give two children a home.
Having done that changed me into a more aware person. And over all I learned that it is very important to help others, because I’m not the only one living on this Earth; just having helped one family made all of the difference. I will never forget that day, and I will keep on doing volunteer work. I will also continue to tell more and more people about my journey. The more people know about it, the more will get done. My name is Imani, I’m a junior in high school, and I thank you for listening.
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