Every month the Center for College and Community Service selects a new Volunteer of the Month from the submissions in Durham Tech’s Volunteer Log. For the Month of June, Samuel Korvie has been chosen! Congratulations!!
What stood out most about Samuel was his dedication to his service project collaborating with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. We would see him every week working diligently to complete his task no matter how long it took. Below he shares his experiences with us.
Volunteerism is a word that I consider to echo none but the words of a great President, father, and leader, John F. Kennedy. During his inauguration, he pleaded that “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” These words were some of the key pillars upon which my loving mother trained me; hence my ardent desire to engage in activities that benefit the society. I never knew our great school had opportunities to enable its student populace to engage in such an august institution until my enrollment in the C3 program. Upon this discovery, my desire for giving back to society was once again ignited. During one of my trips to the ever selfless Jes Dormady’s office in the quest for such opportunities, she introduced me to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Durham’s project which involved making of Plarn Mats for the Homeless.
This process basically involved the shredding of plastic bags into 2” strips and rolling them into huge balls of plastics yarns (plarns). These plarns were later to be woven into mats and distributed to the homeless. I can confidently boast that my best experience from volunteer service was from this project. One afternoon, while shredding the bags, I started feeling bored from shredding for an hour but experienced a life-changing moment: which has forever brightened my view of public service. I came across a large number of white bags with bold and beautiful red prints of “Thank You”. My subconsciousness immediately whispered to me “These are the words of thousands of people out there benefitting from your contribution to society. You may not see them, but know that their grateful hearts would always be appreciative of your services. Every smile is a thank you and every warm heart is a ‘God bless you’. Don’t stop, don’t feel bored. Please continue to give someone a reason to smile today and laugh tomorrow.” This was a re-defining moment I wouldn’t trade for anything. I hope to indulge in more activities like this one. To everyone on here reading this: please don’t give up or ignore your contribution to volunteer service. Every second we spend puts a smile on a face. Let’s not stop but rather go all out to influence every one out there with the spirit of altruism.