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The Importance of Service

Last week and this week have been an incredible opportunity. For seniors at my school, we do a two week service immersion where we are assigned to an agency in the greater Milwaukee area with a friend and left to do service from 8-3 everyday Monday through Friday, instead of attending school. 


At first, I was super apprehensive. My best friend and I were assigned to a nursing home, and our first day was an entire morning in orientation getting the lay of the land and touring the site. I am pretty familiar doing volunteering in Elderly care because I've done some service at similar sites in the past, but never so consistent and immersed. In the afternoon on the first day, we hung out with the participants in the "Adult Day Center", which was kind of a shock to actually experience elderly who were a little more cognitively challenged than I was used to.

I had trouble seeing the point of my service because I felt like the site didn't need me. On the second day, we folded laundry in the morning and spent more time hanging out with people that weren't able to hear us or communicate well with us, and to say the least, it was frustrating. However, it took a little persistence and determination to realize and remind myself that I am not doing service for myself, but because these people feel so youthful and loved and important when teenage girls are willing to spend time with them and have conversations with them even if it means I'm responding "I understand" and nodding to comments that I didn't quite catch.

Service is a beautiful thing. You give to others and at the time you might not love every minute of it, but you leave getting so much back than you ever could've given to the people you served without even realizing it. I only have through Friday to continue my service, but I will definitely miss the relationships I've made with some of the participants and residents in assisted living, too. The opportunity to get to know these people and to help the staff who rarely gets a break has been so rewarding for everyone, and I am so thankful that my school gives us this experience.

xoxo

3 comments

  1. I love this post. I have volunteered at a Veteran's home before. Lots of patients there with a variety of issues from old age. I didn't think sitting playing games with them would mean as much as it did to them. Volunteering at homes like this is such a rewarding experience.

    Bailey
    baileysbulletin.blogspot.com

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  2. Awesome post! Not many people have recognized the importance of MLK's day of service on Monday but it's something that should be embraced all year round! God bless you and all you do :)

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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  3. I love this! I am on the service committee at my school and the various projects we do have really opened my eyes on how fortunate I am and how important service truly is!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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