An Experience for Reevaluation
I had volunteered at the Food Bank of Delaware before when I was younger, and I found the time spent there to be a nuisance. I wasn’t even a teenager at the time and it felt like I was being used like a mule to carry all of the heaviest things. Not once did I stop to consider what I was actually doing for people nor did I care.
Now that I am older and have a much different mindset than when I was a preteen, I understood the importance of the work and effort that I was putting in for this organization. From lifting coolers of waters to organizing individual meals for people, I felt that I was embracing and understanding the good that was being done for those less fortunate. What was even more rewarding was how thankful the other volunteers and workers were for everyone’s collaborative efforts. It felt like everyone was on the same page in terms of what had to be done and why it had to be done.
Organizing boxes and moving things around to make the assembly go quicker is what I felt was my untitled job for the day. Everyone, over time, also seemed to pick up a niche during the process. Eventually, we were all moving and working so efficiently that we actually got ahead of their planned schedule and completed the work that they did not think would be finished before it was time for us to leave for the day.
Towards the end of the day, we had another group meeting to thank our efforts and more importantly remember what the big picture was. I have never felt so proud of myself for doing this kind of work. The Food Bank of Delaware is a wonderful organization that looks out for the betterment of those less fortunate in our communities. The Food Bank is a form of a base for those in need because they know they will be able to get some food for the day. This experience has opened my eyes and has made me look at volunteering in a different light. I now feel that I will be motivated to return to such places, not based on an assignment, but to genuinely help out the community and assist those in need.