Upon searching for a variety of faith-based service programs, I discovered the Change A Heart program. What initially attracted me to the program was the Pittsburgh location. Being a Pennsylvania native, I have grown to miss my home state during my time in South Carolina, and would like to come back. In addition, the deep respect for all people as well as the tight knit community are two factors that I have grown to love about a group I serve, work with, or am a part of. These factors allow all members to grow in many ways, which is paramount for people who choose to serve in programs such Change A Heart because of possibly being in a period of discernment about their next steps. In addition to serving Christ through serving my fellow human beings, programs such as Change A Heart allow their members to grow in ways that can help prepare them for their life’s journey.
I genuinely do have a heart for service and I am so passionate about helping those around me. I have been fortunate enough to participate in many different types of service work and I have learned so much through those experiences. I have learned that people are so much more than their situations and that everyone we encounter has a story — whether it’s visible to the naked eye or not. I have also witnessed the goodness of humanity and the rich mercy of the Lord. I have discovered the incredible ways in which the Lord can work though people to bring about conversion of heart. There are so many negative things in this world, but my hope in humanity is always restored when I see individuals helping their brothers and sisters in need. I would love the opportunity to devote a year of my life to serving some of the most spiritually and physically poor in the community. I think it would be a wonderful growing experience as well an opportunity to volunteer in positions that I have not had experiences with.
I want to spend a year serving the poor and marginalized in Pittsburgh and support their growth both mentally and spiritually, which will help them feel physically better. I would also love to inspire them, and show them how to get the resources that they need so that they can have hope, get a job, and feel fulfilled in life. I would like to choose the general area of children and youth and help them realize their full growth potential personally, emotionally, and spiritually. For the past three years I have volunteered on the Child Life Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Here I often worked with very sick children in infancy through age 22 in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Progressive Care Unit. I hope to use these same compassionate and empathetic skills that I have learned when serving poor and vulnerable children and youth in Pittsburgh.