Whenever I volunteer in my community, I develop personal skills and walk away with a feeling of happiness that is priceless to me. There are various tasks to choose from when we are building a bridge to a strong community.
My responsibility in one volunteer program is creating awareness of an issue that affects the environment. As a result of being involved with other people in the project, I have become more patient and tolerant towards others.
During my work on this activity, I was able to practice my communication and writing skills, which I learned at the Centre for Community Learning & Development. It felt great to have a sense of belonging and meeting people who might not notice me otherwise.
My eagerness has given me the confidence to accomplish my tasks to the best of my ability. Learning to compromise and negotiate with others helps me to work better in a team, which is an important tool for success.
My small contributions do make a difference in the community. I have come to appreciate the little things that give me satisfaction, when things are accomplished and others are helped in many ways.
I had never heard the cry of nature calling out for help, but I have learned the importance of the environment through involvement and taking action.
I have now found a new love for the environment and I can strive to do my part in helping it stay strong. I do my part by recycling and picking up litter. This helps to boost my own self-esteem and self-confidence.
Having this opportunity to be a member of a strong community has enabled me to demonstrate my skills and ability, and it has helped me become more aware of my potential.
Academic Upgrading Participant Andrea Searles