2017-07-12 / Opinion

In My Opinion

Find your passion and give back
BY SAMANTHA ORCHARD
Sandusky grad, college student

Find your passion and give back Giving back has always been important to me and I think the community I live in has played a big role in cultivating that passion. Sandusky may be a small town, but something that they really excel at is philanthropy. Between the Vietnam Moving Wall Project, Food 4 Friends, and so many more examples, giving back has become a tradition at Sandusky High School. Once you have been a part of one of these movements, it’s hard not to continue to give. Taking this passion onward in life is the most important part, and is the key to the turnaround of the world. It is my opinion that everyone should involve themselves in some form of community service.

Transitioning away from high school life, I found it hard to find where I could make a difference. When I was in high school, there were always National Honors Society or Student Council projects to work on. Now it was up to me to find my own way. This excited me. I could find something I was truly passionate about. I was blessed to stumble upon two organizations that have since changed my life.

Crowns Against Cancer is an organization where myself as well as some other fellow college students dress as princesses and go to pediatric hospitals to visit the patients there. While it’s sad to see the children sick, it is nice to think that maybe our visit can put their mind at ease for a little bit. We act as our characters and do activities and crafts to keep them involved in our visit. For those that are too sick to leave their rooms, we do room-to-room visits to make sure that every child that would like to see us does. I always leave the hospital with my heart filled to the brim, yet still somewhat broken for the children.

The other organization I have the honor of working with is called MEDLIFE, which stands for Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. In late August, I have the opportunity to fly to Lima, Peru with thirty other students from Oakland University to set up and work in mobile medical clinics, provide education on how to maintain health, and work on projects such as building bathrooms and stairs. I am so excited to travel to a foreign country, experience their culture, and provide care to those in need.

I didn’t include my personal involvements to brag, even though I love the organizations I work with (and they do deserve a little more PR). But, I do hope they in some way inspire you, the readers, to find your own passions in philanthropy.

There is so much to gain from serving others that if helping those in need isn’t enough motivation to act, then maybe the benefits YOU experience will be. You gain relationships with people you would have never met. You earn experience in things you may have never tried. You feel an unexplainable joy when you compete the act. If you use these motivators to start, soon you may be swept away with the task and start incorporating community service because you WANT to, not because you feel like you have to.

While my examples were health related, the opportunities are limitless. What is important is to find something that utilizes your talents and passions. It helps make the work feel less like work. If you have musical talents, maybe you could play your instruments for those in senior living facilities. If you’re a gifted quilter, make blankets for baby pantries. There are so many possibilities, you just have to look. Imagine the world we could have if everyone contributed and demonstrated their abilities. That’s a world I’d like to live in, but maybe that’s just my opinion.

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