Impact

26 Apr

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I volunteered for the committee because it sounded like a bit of fun. All we had to do was read over the scholarship applications and decide how to divvy up the $5500.00. Piece of cake.

The five committee members met at a cafe. After getting our beverages,a few snacks, and engaging in some chit chat, we got to work, each pulling one of the 15 applications.

“Remember,” we were reminded by our chair,”The person for whom the scholarship is named was a very active volunteer. We are looking for kids who have not merely volunteered, but who can articulate how their volunteerism has impacted their lives.”

As I read through the first one, I was caught a little off guard. I was getting weepy. I looked around the table. All five of us were glassy-eyed. I think we all had the same realization at the same time. This might be a more meaningful task than we could ever have anticipated.The second application had a similar effect.

After each application had been read by two volunteers the conversations began. We shared the ones that touched us most deeply. These were kids who not only volunteered, but developed a passion for their volunteerism. Some wrote about how they were surprised by this. Some wrote about how they learned about themselves, or faced their fears. It was hard work deciding how to split the money, but we tried to give as many of these passionate teens something. I think, in many ways, reading the applications will have more impact on me than the $500 or $1000 they’ll receive will have on them.

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Impact”

  1. arlsvera April 26, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    Those teens helped others and moved the five of you .. good for them!

  2. lisaorchard1 April 26, 2016 at 6:33 am #

    I’m amazed at some of our young people today. Many of them have good hearts. I’m so glad to hear you had a hard time choosing what recipients received what amount. That’s a good sign that our world is moving toward a better place.

  3. arjeha April 26, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Too often we don’t give young people credit for all that they do. The future of the world really is in good hands.

  4. terierrol April 26, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    I loved reading your comments on teens. A committee I’m on have the same feelings when we read the applications for a scholarship. They help to remind me of why I wanted to become a teacher. Thanks.

  5. elsie April 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    These are the kids who don’t get enough attention for what they contribute to society. Glad they get some recognition.

  6. Tara Smith April 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    How wonderful that you rewarded many of these remarkable kids – they’ve earned recognition.

  7. Cheriee Weichel April 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    I can’t imagine having to make this kind of decision, but I’m glad it was such a powerful experience for you. The more I work with kids, the more certain I am that we are raising a generation of human beings who are much finer people than the ones I graduated with.

  8. bevbaird April 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Wow – those applicants sound inspiring – and they certainly touched all of you. Glad you were able to help so many.

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