I have participated in several community service areas, and I have found each one to be amazing and just as rewarding to myself as the people and animals I have helped.
My major's department is responsible for hosting a homecoming banquet each year for the faculty and alumni of the college. This year I had a four hour shift in which I helped prepare food, greet guests and manage the wine bar. This was a very beneficial experience, it was a great way to network with others in the line of work I hope to do.
I tutored kindergarteners at Univeristy Place Elementary School two days a week. I would go in at eight in the morning and read with them, do projects with them, and gave a few of them tests. This was truly a rewarding experience, seeing the look of excitement on their faces when they knew we there just for them is something I will never forget.
I also tutored at Hillcrest Middle School two days a week after school. It was in-between an after school care program and a tutoring program. While the kids waited for their parents to pick them up, we would help them with homework, reading, or in some cases just be someone for them to talk to.
One of the best experiences I have had while volunteering is helping with the MS Society Walk 2010, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. I helped sign people in, organize, and anything else they needed.
Out of all the volunteer work I have done the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter is probably the closest to my heart. Animals truly are my weakness. When I get the chance to go volunteer, I walk and play with the animals and just give them attention that most of them have never had, and for some that is all the attention they will ever get. Although it will not pertain to my degree it has always been a dream and a long time goal of mine to open my own animal shelter.