Why I Start Volunteering Essay Example
When I was six I got my first job. There was no pressure. I was only six, it wasn't like I was going to be doing some life-changing work, like researching cures for different types of cancer. It was only a simple paper route, which happens to be a common first job for many people. Unlike other people that get a job to earn money, I was getting this job to donate the money.
Before I got the job it was like any other day. I was sitting in my living room on the floor watching the TV when an ad for The Humane Society of the United States flashed across the screen. It was one of those tear-jerking commercials. The type where they show all the distressed puppies in cramped cages, which leads to people donating money because they somehow feel responsible for what happens to those puppies. Well, at least that’s how I felt after I saw that commercial. That is the reason why I got a job when I was six. I wanted to save up my money so I could donate twenty-five dollars to The Humane Society of The United States every month.
Around that age is when I started to realize that I enjoyed doing whatever I could to help, whether it be helping animals, the Earth, or people. So, not only was I donating twenty-five dollars every month, but I also started doing tasks like picking up trash on the side of the highway with my mother. This was no troubling task for me. I would grunt and groan if my mother were to ask me to do chores. Yet, if she asked me to ring bells with her for the salvation army I would become ecstatic. Volunteering is different than doing the dishes or taking out the trash, it’s rewarding.
Just recently, I told my friend this story and she scoffed at me and said: “That’s such a waste of money, why would anyone do that?” But, that's exactly why I volunteer and donate money to good causes. I don’t do it in hopes of getting recognized with some kind of award. I do it because if I don't, who will? I believe we live in a society where people have the mindset that it doesn’t matter what they do because one person isn’t going to change anything. However, I also believe change starts when just one person decides to care. If Nelson Mandela didn’t start the fight against apartheid, a policy that kept black citizens of South Africa from voting, who would?
Seeing that commercial when I was a child is all it took, that is all it took to make me care. Through volunteering, I have learned who I am and what’s important to me in life. So, I will continue to donate my time and money to good causes, no matter how many people tell me that it’s a waste.