For my community service I did four hours as a group with other interns from Silverton, Texas. We were asked by the city to help clean an empty lot that was overgrown with weeds and grass, as well as covered in trash. There was an old fence that needed to be taken down. So, I used a ratchet to remove the bolts holding the fence. With the help of my fellow interns we loaded the fence posts on a trailer to be taken to the dump. After that, we had to load and haul trash and bricks as well. The challenging part about this service was working in the heat. I was also unprepared because I did not have gloves. However, in the end it was very rewarding to see what we accomplished for our small town and knowing that I helped with the beautification of my town square.
The remaining six hours I wasn’t able to complete with my group because I was on vacation. So, I completed my remaining six hours this past Sunday by running a booth at my Catholic Church’s annual Jamaica. My booth was helping sell aguas frescas to the community. For those of you that do not know, aguas frescas are fruit drinks originated from Mexico. This task was challenging because there were times where we would become extremely busy and had people waiting for drinks. A benefit from working at this booth was that I was able to improve my people skills and gained experience with handling money and making change without a calculator. I found that working for my church was the most rewarding community service because the money raised goes back to the church. Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Silverton, Texas has been raising money for some time now to meet a goal in hopes of building a new church.
At first, I was hesitant about the community service. However, once I saw how rewarding it has been to help others, I am glad to have participated in it.