Today I volunteered at Project 2016 and this was the third year participating in the event. What truly impacted me over the actual labor that was done was the cause. It is true there are many less fortunate than us that have to live in harder communities than we are accustomed to. I went to Harmony school and to hear about the impact that Harmony has on the community in serving the underrepresented community is truly inspiring. They provide a safe fun environment for these children that may not always have that available to them back at home. I grew up with a very loving family and to think that some children may not get the same opportunity is truly heartbreaking. I work with children at risk so I understand the lack of love that they may get, however at Harmony they receive free and loving education which is more than we could ask for. To see the children's work and their smiling faces in the classroom was really beautiful and that they have the desire to succeed despite all that they may be going through. It was a great experience and am really glad that UT chose this location as one of the many to serve this year.
I went to the nursing home back in January at Heritage Park Rehabilitation Center. We played BINGO with the residents and interacted with them. Is it truly beautiful to see these elders smile and tell us how happy they are when we go because it gives them a break from their repetitive lives they can be living in the nursing home. I breaks my heart to hear some of the stories they may have from them being left by their families to not having anyone else left. They are such sweet people and a couple of hours enjoying a game with them on a Friday night is not much to offer but really makes me appreciate my elders and all my parents do for me.