St. Benedict’s Senior Community Center - Maddy Meyer

One of the classes I am taking is a Health Careers Internship Program. I think it will be cool to see what it is like to work in the health field because I want to be a dentist. One of the requirements for the class is to volunteer ten hours at St. Benedict’s Senior Community Center. The goal is to see what it is like to work with elders because many of the medical professions do.

When I volunteered at St. Benedict’s, I did many different things. The first thing I did was meet a lady named Jo Ellen Johnson. She is the director of volunteers and she trained me. One of the first events that I signed up for was a bake off. I spend my afternoon baking with three wonderful ladies. We made a jello salad together. Later that day I helped hand out the items that each floor made. I also spent time going for walks with some of the residents. The residents really enjoyed being outside. I enjoyed spending time with them and talking to them. I also helped the residents play bingo and make crafts. It was so cool to see the residents so happy.

I learned so much from my experience. I learned what it was like to work with people who were older. It felt so good to give back to the community and to help those who needed it. Most importantly I learned to find joy in the little things. So many of the residents found joy in the little activities I helped with. I also learned to enjoy life because it goes faster than you think!

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