What grade are you in and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?
I am in 10th grade at Oak Ridge High School and I have been involved in Hands4Hope for the last 4 years.
How did you hear about Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?
I learned about Hands4Hope from a neighbor and I signed up at Marina Middle School.
How has your participation in Hands4Hope- Youth Making A Difference made an impact on you?
Hands4Hope has helped me in a lot of different ways. Through the events, I have been able to work on my public speaking and confidence (asking local businesses for help wasn’t easy in the beginning). I have also worked on my leadership skills. I have had the opportunity to work as a leader on different programs and projects and it has been both challenging and fun.
What has your experience with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference been like so far?
I have had a great experience working with Hands4Hope. Working with local businesses and providing help to people in need has been very rewarding. It is great that we get to see the impact that we can have on other people and it has definitely allowed me to see things from a different perspective.
What have been your favorite events/experiences since joining Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?
My favorite project has been the Fall Food Drive where I was the Operations & Finance Committee Vice Chair. It was very interesting to see everything that goes into a large event and how much work it can be.
My favorite Outreach program is the Senior Center Crafts & Games. We work with seniors with various levels of dementia. Working with people who have dementia can be challenging at times, but I always liked working with the seniors. It is nice to see them having fun and I really enjoy talking to them and hearing about their lives. I started working on this program in 8th grade and I am now the leader of this program and I plan crafts.
What has your experience been with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference during the pandemic?
There has definitely been a lot of changes for Hands4Hope during the COVID-19 crisis. I miss the in person meetings and we haven’t been able to do all of the same events as last year. While we couldn’t do the Fall Festival this year, I was able to be the Operations & Finance Committee Vice Chair for the Fall Food Drive. Organizing everything via Zoom calls was a little different, but The Food Drive was a success and we got almost 3,000 lbs of food.