For my community service, I chose two different projects, Meals on Wheels and Swisher County Operation Conversation. Swisher County Operation Conversation was a big project held once a year for the community to come out and see Tulia Police Department, Swister Country’s Sheriff’s Department, DPS Troopers, and Lubbock’s Mounted Patrol Unit. The project is to help build the relationship of the youth with the law enforcement. The event was located at Conner Park where there was volleyball, basketball, football, a dunking booth where you got to dunk a police officer or probation officer, some bounce houses, face painting, a donut eating contest and so much more. I worked with a booth that had cornhole and if you make it in the hole, you received a prize which was either chalk, play-dough, bubbles, or a jump rope. I worked with the juvenile probation office in Tulia to help with the booth. At the end of the Swisher County Operation Conversation, they held a drawing that was setup by age and you could put your name in for free to win prizes like bikes, tablets, headphones, pool passes, gift card, balls, and more. I was the last name that was drawn out and I won a bike.
The second community service project was Meals on Wheels. It was a great experience, for a week I delivered meals in the community. The first day, I shadowed and observed workers deliver the meals but on the second day, I was able to complete the task on my own. It was challenging at first and took a couple of days to get used to walking into a stranger’s home. I had the opportunity to work with some great people, they were all very nice but I never realized how tight the schedule is to deliver meals in a timely manner. Meals on Wheels is in good hands with the owners and employees. Helping work with these wonderful volunteers and organization has shown me how much our town does for the people to make our community a better place for its residents.