“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” -Shakespeare
If you enjoy volunteering and giving back to your community, you know nothing feels greater to give back to those in need. I’ve always admired those who dedicate their lives to volunteering for the greater good and I’ve always felt it was something I’d love to do. I’ve volunteered here and there and have always wished to do something more, but it has always been difficult for me since I attend school full-time, work part-time, and intern in the city two days out of the week. Thankfully, the interns in the office received in email asking if we would like to volunteer on March 5, for Good Deeds Day in New York City. Obviously, I said yes (after asking my advisor of course!), and was even more ecstatic that a couple of the people I met at the office were also joining me!
On the day of, I met with Sebastian, Mallory, and Mallory’s friend Villi at the train station where we walked to Times Square to check in and catch the unveiling of the Good Deeds Day bus.
After all of the photos and videos were taken, all of the volunteers headed on the bus to our first stop of the day. We stopped at the Grand Street Settlement Day Care Center to read with children in several classrooms. Some of the children were very shy, others were brave and outgoing. The greatest part about this first stop was being able to interact with all of the children and observe how they opened up to us after reading several books. The second stop we participated with other volunteers to paint a mural at a community center in the west side. On the third stop, we created pillow cases and flags for children who were living with cancer. Sebastian, Mallory, Villi, and I were not able to complete the other events for Good Deeds Day, but it was an incredible success. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to experience something like this with such great people.
One of the best highlights of the day had to be on the Good Deeds Day bus, traveling from the first stop to the second stop. My intern friends and I thought it would be a great idea to imitate the ever so famous Oscar selfie by having everyone on the bus partake in our selfie. Before counting to three, I told everyone to create a heart with their hands since it was a day of spreading love. I was astounded that these older people were so cooperative and excited to try something new, it made my heart melt!
If you haven’t volunteered, I recommend you find a cause you’re truly passionate about, and give it a try. It’s important to give back to your community or those in need-it’s important to make a difference in this cold, weary world. It feels so rewarding to know that you’ve made someone’s day, and that you may have been the reason they were able to smile or feel good inside. After this experience, I’ll make sure to make much more of an effort to volunteer for several of the causes I’m extremely passionate about. I cannot wait to spread positive vibes, one volunteering experience at a time!