“Even though the task may have been difficult, the satisfaction of knowing that we accomplished something big or small today was a huge reward.” Brianna Williams, ASB Day 2
Before the start of this Alternative Spring Break, I hadn’t physically seen the homes that were completely destroyed or washed away from the storm. The home that I worked in today, the water rose to 13 feet in the single story home. Hearing that members of the family had to seek shelter in their attic because of the rising water levels was shocking. However, being able to physically see the homes and the extensive damage was a moving experience. It was great to see a group of college students that barely knew each other come together as a team. Simple task such as putting up a clothes rack may seem small, but it was great knowing that my service is bringing a family one step closer to a completely rebuild home.
During our lunch break, my site supervisor gave great advice and her personal story of how she ended up being apart of Friends for Rockaway. Her story showed me that it is fine not knowing what you want to do in the future. Her experience in AmeriCorps and Friends of Rockaway is allowing her to gain experience and learn about what she wants to do. During the reflection later in the day, we were ask to share our highs and lows of the day. It was great to see that people didn’t have lows about their experience volunteering except for the cold weather. However, when ask our highs of the day, the challenges that we faced during our task were our high. Even though the task may have been difficult, the satisfaction of knowing that we accomplished something big or small today was a huge reward.