"I think students should be required to do service learning because it is truly eye-opening and life-changing."
"I was encouraged when they thanked me for what I was doing and asking when I was coming back. Seeing how happy I made them made the hard work well worth it."
Oats Horseback Riding:
"I helped a girl with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair ride a horse. She was laughing and enjoying herself. I glanced at her dad and he was smiling and looked very happy. It was such a good feeling to be a part of that miracle."
"The entire experience was encouraging for me because it was an amazing form of therapy I never knew existed and seeing the children riding horses with a smile on their faces brought me so much joy."
"It was really encouraging to be able to experience homelessness firsthand. While many volunteer activities are behind the scenes work, we actually got to walk the streets."
"I was able to see how other cultures can recover from living in a dangerous environment and how they cope with now living a new and unfamiliar environment. These residents have remarkable resiliency."
House of Prayer and Praise:
"I was able to prepare food and serve those in need. House of Prayer and Praise was welcoming and very kind allowing me to assist openly. I learned what families can do/go to when their family is in crisis and how our community is willing to give back."
St. Peter and Paul Warming Center
"They carried a certain dignity that I would not expect from myself had I been in their shoes, and I realized by spending them time with them that they weren't "others," there was no "us" and "them," just us."