Helping The Less Fortunate Members Of Society

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Helping the Less Fortunate Members of Society

 

Over the past five years I have participated in an organization called "Group Workcamps" through the St. Helena's / St. Mary's Parish. This experience has helped me to grow greatly personally and spiritually. Every year, a group from the church goes out to a small community to repair homes of the elderly, disabled or less fortunate. By participating in this group over the past five years, I have learned many traits including leadership, respect and empathy, as well as building wonderful friendships with others all over the country. Besides these, I have also learned valuable skills such as carpentry, budgeting, planning, and public ...view middle of the document...

We spend sweltering June afternoons in the church parking lot nailing shingles to the roof of a shed we will sell. We present a slide show of last year's Workcamp to the congregation and request donations.

 

After a retreat and send-off Mass, the real test of our friendship begins. Can we endure each other in a packed van for two days as we travel to Workcamp? We will eat, sleep, and sing together while irritating and entertaining each other, amidst the crumbs, soda cans, donut boxes, and stale pizza remnants. If we haven't bonded by now, we're at least stuck together! Finally, we arrive at a school, where we will eat, sleep, and sing together while irritating and entertaining each other, amidst the crumbs, soda cans, donut boxes, and stale pizza remnants for the next week...with three hundred other teens from all over the country. We are each assigned to our work crews, which consist of five people we've never met before, and choose our positions within the crew. Last year, for example, I was the work director: my job was to coordinate the work at our site, ensuring that it was completed on time.

 

The next day, we travel to our sites and meet our residents. One year, it was an elderly lady who was recently widowed; another year it was a single mother with three children. We assess the site and decide which work should be done first, how long it will take, and what materials we will need. One...

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