This upcoming holiday season, many people are getting into the spirit of the holiday and volunteering. Although this time of the year inspires many people to give their time to others, it isn’t the only time that people are in need.
According to Theology teacher Teresa Davis, students should volunteer to reach out and help others, to grow as a person, and to grow in their relationship with God. Davis also said that she volunteers because she has too much and wants to give some of that to others.
“There’s always people in need any time of the year and something small can go a long way in people’s lives,” said junior Julia Hart. Hart also said that it’s important to volunteer in order to give back to the community.
Davis also said that volunteering is about having a full life, being community-minded, and being a servant leader just as Jesus was. Some ways that students can get informed about volunteer opportunities are talking to Davis or Theology teacher Amanda Beatty, checking for email recruitments, checking the McNicholas Service Group page on Schoology, or even just making volunteering a habit.
Davis said, “Try not to see volunteering as a burden or a check mark on your transcript that you have to get done, see if you can have the mindset of, ‘I have something to give someone and they have something to give me.’”
Some upcoming service opportunities for students are a Thanksgiving Giveaway at Sands Montessori on November 20 from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.., a Holiday Shop at Mt. Washington Elementary on December 8 from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and a Holiday Extravaganza at Sands Montessori on December 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. More information about these events can be found on the Schoology Service Group page.