Philippe Schicker essay
Chronicle a successful raffle fundraising campaign you or a family member has been a part of. What results were achieved? How did it help the organization and/or the community it was meant to benefit? How did the experience enrich you?
Volunteerism has been a crucial part of my life. Through the help of others, I found the beauty of giving back. I have tried to take every opportunity to give back to various communities because, in my opinion, it is important to devote time to others. I am currently involved with a program called ‘Rocket Owls’ at school where I compete with my team in a NASA sponsored nationwide competition. Through that, we have the chance to organize and plan outreaches with middle school students from the area. We volunteer to teach them about STEM, including computer work, math, and physics. During my time in community college, this experience has been one of my most valuable ones. Having the chance to be a role model for younger students and make a difference in their lives by teaching them about science, which I am incredibly passionate about, is something I am very thankful for. Being a role model is a position I strive to be in. The most challenging but ultimately most intriguing part of this is conveying high-level coursework and complicated concepts to students much younger than I am while also spreading enthusiasm about Science. Upon completing certain problems, we challenge the students to, we reward them with raffle tickets. These so called “Rocket Tickets” can then be used to trade them in for little prices. The tickets serve as incentives for the students to participate but it also creates friendly competition. I have always admired Dr. Stephen Hawking for conveying his knowledge of the universe in much simpler words, and this experience in volunteerism has begun to teach me how to do something similar. Every opportunity I get to help out, where there is need, manifests my belief that we have the responsibility to give back.
‘Be The Match’ is a government founded non-profit organization that helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow transplant. People can join the Be ‘The Match Registry’ which is the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors. They can also contribute financially and volunteer. Our PTK chapter got in touch with a volunteer from ‘Be The Match’ and we set up a stand at Citrus College to get people to sign up and be a potential match for someone suffering from Cancer, thus saving lives. Other members of our chapter and I worked to have people understand the significance of helping out, not only in the community but all across the world. This event was an incredible success. During our time, we signed up 61 students who would be willing to donate blood and bone marrow to save lives. It not only showed the impact our chapter can have on the community but also how students on campus are willing to support. I signed up before I even started volunteering to be able to lead by example and not ask something from other students I am not willing to do myself. I believe this event changed the outlook of other students on devoting more of their time to impactful causes.
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