Written by: Kelsey Kavanagh
Getting out of bed early is always difficult task, but as soon as I arrived at the school to participate in Brock Cares Day of Service one rainy Saturday morning, the energy from all of the volunteers was so contagious that I was beaming. My excitement grew as I was introduced to my team, a group of strangers that shared my passion for volunteering, not knowing that they would eventually become 6 new friends.
When we arrived at our volunteer site, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Matt, an employee, explained that we would be making phone calls throughout the day to encourage individuals in the region to canvas for their organization. As a look of apprehension emerged across all of our faces, Matt went on to explain how this organization saved his grandmother’s life. This was his motivation to make hundreds of phone calls every day with the hopes of gaining funds that will save another person’s life. All of us became inspired to reach out to others in the community and encourage them to volunteer for this amazing organization. By the end of the day, I had made about a hundred calls and only three people had agreed to canvas for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Although this number may seem small, some days Matt would call three hundred phone numbers and not one person would agree to volunteer. So for Heart & Stroke, my three phone calls were considered a big win!
Making this small contribution to an organization that impacts our community is one of the best feelings you can experience. While my friends were busy doing their hair and makeup for other homecoming celebrations that day, I was making a difference in the lives of others. Brock Cares is an amazing opportunity to give back to the Niagara community and I highly encourage anyone (and everyone) to participate in this unforgettable experience!
It’s not too late to register online at ExperienceBU to participate in Homecoming: Brock Cares Day of Service on Saturday, September 20th.