Annette Green P ’16

Volunteering is a selfless and personally rewarding act of giving your time to benefit others. I have volunteered on countless occasions for various organizations and have learned that to really enjoy being a benefactor of your time and/or money, you must truly care about the beneficiary. I have especially enjoyed serving Roxbury Latin.
 
I was asked to join the Annual Yard Sale Committee three years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed the months of planning leading up to the big spring sale in May, where the proceeds benefit our boys! Serving does not feel like work to me. Instead, it is a fun and rewarding commitment because I am working along other volunteers who share a similar outlook and enthusiasm of what “giving back” means. I have formed new friendships working alongside volunteers and have become pretty good at running a yard sale in a gym, I must say! This past winter, I bartended my last February Flurry and had the most enjoyable evening.
 
An education in community service is priceless. I am so grateful that learning to “give back” is embodied in the RL community and is expected of both the student and parent body. As a parent of a senior, our boys should know that as they venture into the world to make their own lives rich and whole, they should not pass up the opportunity to enrich the lives of others along the way by volunteering.
 
Volunteering does not have to be laborious if you seek out missions at organizations you are truly passionate about. Our boys should always seek to give back because “to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.”    — Luke 12:48
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