By Jhonsie Hamilton |Staff Writer|
Volunteering is not only about giving your time to others, but it can also be life changing.
A few organizations that you could volunteer for are the Habitat for Humanity, the Youth Action Project and the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley (HSSBV).
The Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to eliminate poverty housing. They plan to reach this goal by providing low income families with decent, affordable housing.
Volunteers, experienced workers, suppliers, city and government officials all work together to help achieve this main goal.
The Youth Action Project is also a non-profit organization established in 1998 to encourage the youth in San Bernardino to develop the skills needed to be economically and socially successful.
This is achieved by helping San Bernardino’s youth receive an education, work experience and engaging them in activities that help the community.
The HSSBV has a goal of protecting animals to improve their quality of life. This is done by providing care, homes, shelters and veterinarian clinics to San Bernardino.
Volunteering is not only beneficial to the people that you are volunteering for or with, but it can also be life altering experience for yourself. When you volunteer it makes you feel good to know that you have helped in achieving the goal of the organization and made a positive difference in the lives of others.
“I love volunteering. It helps with my personal growth and allows me to focus on the needs of others as opposed to only worrying about my own needs”, said Elizabeth Solorzano who often volunteers for her church.
Most sororities and fraternities on campus require some amount of volunteer work. Ashlynne Macan, member Delta Sigma Chi and Shelby Swank, member of Kappa Delta believe that volunteering is good PR for their organization.
A few other organizations here on campus accept volunteers. They include Associated Students Incorporated and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Center.
Megan Rush, the Graduate Assistant in the Pride Center office, said the Pride Center welcomes volunteers for a good amount of their big events dealing with human rights, social justice and LGBTQ issues.
Volunteering will empower you knowing that you were able to make a difference in your community and in another person’s life.
Even if the volunteering is not done for a big organization, even volunteering time to teach your little cousin how to read makes a difference as well.