Making an Impact through Volunteering during Lockdown
Jack volunteered over the Illinois lockdown period with his friends in order to make an impact which was heard across the local community. Here is what he has to say about his experiences:
"Over the lockdown, me and my friends tried to volunteer as much as possible. The reason being, is that we wanted to make as big of a impact as possible, during a time where not as many people were helping. Let me tell you, after every time I volunteered, I felt this feeling in my body, I can’t describe it, but it made me feel so good about myself. Going to help the people who don’t have food, preserving the environment, or making cards for kids in hospitals, all are events that made me feel that indescribable feeling. Even though a large amount of people do the same thing, it still made my friends and I feel like we were making a difference. Whoever is reading this, I urge you to try to volunteer once a year, or even more. Volunteering was truly a life changing experience for me. It gave me something that made me appreciate what I was doing. At the time, I always learned in school or heard about people making a difference, and I just felt like I hadn’t done anything to make a positive footprint in the world. I didn’t feel like I had a purpose. I also would like to say I’m very fortunate to not have to worry about shelter, food, or any other life necessity. Then I was thinking, imagine if I did have to worry about those things. Because of that realization, I try to volunteer as much as possible. It’s life changing, so if your reading this, just try once and see how amazing you might feel. In this time, we need as much positivity as possible, so anything will help."
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