Throughout high school, I loved working in my community to help make a difference. Every summer, for fours years, I went on the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) with my church to help those in need. The purpose of ASP is to make homes across the Appalachian Mountains warmer, safer, and drier. The experience I had on ASP changed my view of the world outside of my community. I did not realize there was such great poverty and need just a few hours west of my home. I found joy in serving others through repairing these homes, building relationships with the families, and realizing that I can make a difference. I also spent my summers volunteering and working with outreach children at a local YMCA camp. At this camp, the kids receive two hot meals, are given swim lessons, and practice their reading, writing and math skills. These experiences gave me the ability to empathize with others, taught me leadership skills, and left me with a sense of purpose. I believe it is our responsibility to assist any member in our community who needs help.
Community is a major aspect of humanities. It is something that should be highlighted and worked on because too many people ignore others who they believe are not apart of their same community. However, I believe we are all a community and therefore, we should all help each other.
NonTextual: Community – Photos
Photos from Appalachian Service Project
Photos from working at the YMCA Outreach Summer Camp