Waking up at 8 on a Saturday morning after a long night was not something I was looking forward to. Spending the next 6 hours of my life doing community service when I was extremely tired sounded even worse.
However, I turned out to be wrong – I had an amazing time. Kris Lee and I met up at West 4th for the subway into Brooklyn, where we subsequently got to experience a brief but enjoyable bus tour of Brooklyn courtesy of the MTA. We arrived in a somewhat dinky little shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where we were split into task groups. Kris and I immediately volunteered for the mold busting job so we could don the awesome haz-mat suits (see picture.)
Once we got to the location, we broke out the brushes and spray cans and began to get down to work with the rest of our team. We stopped for a free lunch provided for us by New York Cares, and then headed back to the house to get back to business. Although it was tiring, the time really flew by and I was having fun throughout the experience. The best part was when we saw the owners of the house and how thankful and appreciative they were that we contributed our time and effort to improving their lives.
All in all, the event was successful and I am very glad that I attended. I think events like this are a great time to bond with other students/people and to give back to the community. I would highly recommend that everyone who hasn’t had an experience doing community service to go out, try something new, and contribute while feeling great about yourself!