My experience on the last day of service was the best one that I had! We went to Crossroads and Voice of Hope. When I was volunteering at Crossroads, my main job was to shop with the people and make sure they got everything they need. I managed most of the volunteers, because they were not familiar with how to shop with the customers. While shopping with the customers, I was able to have more intimate conversations to get to know more about each person. It warmed my heart because I have been through what those people are going through, so I could connect to what they were telling me. Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Crossroads.
Voices of Hope was our next volunteer stop. While there, one of my tasks was to restore the garden. We had to get it in shape for the students to be able to plant veggies and fruit, because they were learning about sustainability. The next task was to clean and sanitize the computer lab, bleachers, and tables. Voices of Hope was a great experience because I knew that we were helping cute, little kids to learn and provide the community with fresh produce. It was a great accomplishment to ensure that the students had a comfortable and clean environment to learn.
Overall, my volunteer experience was amazing! Volunteering in urban areas is dear to my heart because I was once homeless and living in my car. It is also close to my heart because I was a child that did not have much. I know how it feels to be alone and without anything. So, anything that I received was a blessing for me and I was honored. I know those people loved that they were able to get the food they wanted. I also know that the children will be very grateful for their garden and clean areas while they are learning. It is essential in my life to give back! My hope is to be a part of something bigger than myself! What you give out to the universe is what you will receive back.