By Shandana Shah
I can honestly say that one of the best things I could have done was to get out of my comfort zone with this trip, because if I hadn’t, I would have missed out on one of the best experiences of my life. It all started on March 4th, when my group and I embarked on our journey. After ten hours of anticipation and travel, it was mesmerizing to finally be in the exuberant New York City that most of us had only seen in movies and TV shows. The high rise buildings, yellow cabs, and the bustling streets were lit with charm. The focal and most fulfilling point of it all was being able to volunteer at “God’s Love We Deliver,” a non-profit organization that works to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to the people that need them most.
We were given the privilege to not only help prepare the meals, but also to deliver them to some of the many deserving people that are helped by this organization. Being able to see the gratitude in their eyes when we exchanged the meals was incredibly rewarding. Amidst all this, we created some unforgettable memories and built friendships that will last beyond those four days. I am very lucky I got to know the amazing people I went with, especially our site leaders, Daniel and Lindsey, who could not have been more supportive and did a splendid job of tying our whole experience together. We were all brought together by the want to make a difference, and the wonderment of it all was that we did.
For more information on upcoming volunteer opportunities, contact Student Life and Leadership.