Paying it Forward

There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to pay others forward through generous giving. Every time I’m able to help someone out, I always feel overwhelmed at the thought that I made someone happy. I was fortunate enough to be educated in a Catholic School because this is where I was instilled with Christian values like compassion, kindness, and Charity for the less fortunate ones. This is also what inspired me to take a day time job at St. Mary’s School so that I can spearhead the Community and Social Outreach Program of the School. In that way, I could still continue inspiring the young people to make a difference in someone else’s life and teach them what it means to be selfless.
The School’s Outreach and Community Service Program in St. Mary’s is one of the important aspects in its education. You can see how much weight and importance that they place on this program by sending a volunteer from each class in every year level to work on a project that would benefit the community.
Like what I experienced during my high school years, my students also gained priceless lessons and memorable experiences that cannot be learned in any classroom setting. And just like me, they also felt what it truly means to make a positive impact in someone else’s life. Even the youngest one can make a difference. And this, beautifully radiates the merciful and generous love from God.
Some of the projects that I accomplished over the past few years with my students are; visiting a home for retired missionaries, caring for abandoned and abused animals at an Animal Rescue Center, Tree Planting Activities, collecting food ingredients so that we can prepare them for our feeding program, and doing fund raising activities such as craft making, selling cookies and lemonades so that we can stretch out more money for our Outreach Program’s activities.
At first I thought that being an Outreach Program Coordinator was a challenging job. Later on, it felt more than rewarding as I met new people and generous donors who are also like minded and generous. I was deeply overwhelmed by the support that I received from benevolent parents, organizations and individuals. Some of these people recommended me to a charitable institution so that we could collaborate and make things work faster, while others coordinated closely with me every time I announce an upcoming outreach activity.
There was even one guy, also a St. Mary’s Alumnus who gave his all-out support by creating an active Facebook Page for our Community Outreach Program in order to spread more awareness and gather moresupport that we need from other people. He even took an extra mile, in making our school’s website be easily seen and noticed easily by other people living in different states. And because of his help, we gained all the support and financial help that we need even from people living far away.  You can find him if you look for Tri Cities Wa SEO.  He runs an agency helping people like us from the kindness of his heart.
Making a difference in other people’s lives is not just an answer to our call as Catholics. It is a great opportunity to serve others and spread the love of God especially to those who have not experienced it.