The Work We Want To Do
For the second year in a row, I took my last week of winter break in Vero Beachâ€”working on homes for Habitat for Humanity with my fellow students. And while the average person might see this as a sacrifice, I disagree. Although my pockets were a little lighter and my joints ached a little more than they might if Iâ€™d stayed lounging on my couch at home, this is a small price to pay for everything that Iâ€™ve gained during my stays. Some are intangibleâ€”the rewarding feeling of giving my time and effort for a good cause, or the feeling that Iâ€™m contributing to the growth of new, inclusive communities in a time of considerable division in this country. Others are quite tangibleâ€”the new friends Iâ€™ve made on both treks, the joy brought to our spectacular hosts and lovely families weâ€™ve met along the way, and the practical skills of working on the job site. In both cases I can say I walked away feeling as if Iâ€™d had a week of fun and wonderful memories rather than a week of service. The way I see it, volunteer work is the work we want to do, not the work we have to do; and for me and my fellow Babson volunteers, serving this community is something we want to doâ€”something that warms our heartsâ€”and itâ€™s been an incredible experience finding that so many others share this passion. And although Iâ€™m graduating this spring, I can tell that this will not be my last time visiting and working in Vero Beach.
-Vero Beach, Florida Habitat for Humanity Trip Participant