Volunteering with Grow Memphis, I was able to help in a community garden. Not only did I get to help gardening but I also helped make homes for bees.
Volunteering at Shelby Farms Park 10 miler was very fun and challenging. I myself have being more active lately so seeing people running 10miles in 30 degrees Fahrenheit weather was extreme. Even though I was out there helping direct traffic, I could picture myself running along their side. They were all very fearless. At the end of the 10 miles, I had the chance to greet numerous amounts of runners. While some got medals, others got fist bumps.
I originally did not pick out the middle shift because I usually like to be behind the scenes, setting up. Going in mid-thru the event was very random because I did not know what exactly I was going to be doing. At first, I was a little nervous. To my rescue came one of the numerous sponsors asking for help in the craft section. I was able to work with kids between the age of 2-10. I was even able to use some of my creative skills to create my own craft using construction paper, scissors, glue, and plates. Through my experience in this event, I am more than likely coming back to help the humane system through volunteering.
Volunteering for the Shelby Farms Park, I was able to help maintain the community park clean of trash. I was also able to meet new friends who are willing to help out in the community instead of going out to parties on a Friday night. The event coordinator, Julia Barredo, welcomed me with such joy and excitement. Having a warm welcome made me look into other volunteering opportunities with Shelby Farms.
As a Memphian, I enjoyed helping out today with Shower of Blessings. I was able to help out homeless people who lives have been affected by extreme poverty. These individuals are picked up downtown and taken to a church where they get the chance to pick up donated clothes, take a shower, and get a nice meal. The only thing these individuals are looking for is some love and the chance to get out of their condition. I wish we could offer jobs to these individuals so that they won’t longer have to depend on organizations to help them out in their time of need.
Today I donated towards Act Blue. A nonprofit organization that promotes the impeachment of our current president by changing the Congress “blue”. I do not believe that America should be misrepresented.
Today I was able to give part of my day helping out Orphanos. Orphanos is a non-profit organization who help families find love all around the world. Families who have being overlooked at because Media does not like to show the harsh true about people living in extreme conditions. They help people living in fear everyday.
As I was withdrawing money from my account, I was given the choice to donate money to a cause. There were so many to choose from, but I decided to go with Humane Society because animals need attention too. It made me feel good knowing I am giving away a little to help a big organization like this one.
I helped encourage University of Memphis students, faculty, and visitors to join one of Memphis Big Move in educating residents how to keep a clean environment. Hopefully other universities can follow our steps to making Earth a better place.