I visited the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center in East Austin to help with their Hope Bread Pantry. This project has quickly become a regular of mine. We assist the staff by handing out food to the elderly residents, and we spend time repackaging the products that are donated to the pantry. I enjoy this project because we get to see the relief on people's faces when they receive their food. It has given me a deeper appreciation of the blessings I have in my own life that allow me to focus on school and not just on making it day to day.
I worked with Longhorn Lights out, an organization that I have been participating with since I was a freshman. I love this group because they make sustainability fun. I was assigned a campus building and was able to go through it, turning off lights and monitors that would have otherwise been left on all weekend. Although it did not take a lot of physical labor, this project made a big impact on UT's energy consumption.
I worked with SURE Walk, an organization that I love very much. My brothers and I in Alpha Phi Omega walked students to and from campus buildings and their place of residence. It was a long and tiring evening, but I really enjoyed getting to talk to the students. This project is rewarding to me because I believe that everyone should feel safe when they're walking around campus at night.