Fulfilling More than just a Requirement
February 11, 2015

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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Participating in an internship starting in the fall that spanned over a couple months allowed for numerous volunteer opportunities.  After the first few hours of volunteering I realized and took to heart the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted above.  I realized that Ogallala Commons didn’t just require that we have ten hours of community hours but rather they created an opportunity of us to develop something greater.  I found that once I looked beyond fulfilling ten hours of community service there was a chance to understand that volunteering and helping others was rewarding.  Feeling the joys of helping others I went beyond ten hours of community service.  I would volunteer thirty minutes here, and hour there, and those small opportunities turned into more.  In this blog I will share one of the most rewarding opportunities I found while volunteering in the community.

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I mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. earlier.  This year I was fortunate enough to be participating in this internship to volunteer on the Martin Luther King National Holiday.  For this year’s National Day of Service I volunteered at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  There were numerous people who also had the opportunity to volunteer at the school.  The area that I volunteered in for the morning and part of afternoon was in the Family Resource Center area.  This center was established to help high school students and their parents with resources that might be needed.  Participating in this event and being around others who also wanted to be involved in service was a rewarding experience.

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