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Class of 2018
I became involved in community service in greater Northampton by picking up pamphlets from the Jandon Center. Having settled into a routine my sophomore year, I sought to better understand the Northampton community outside of Smith. Based on the opportunities available through the CSO, I became interested in working with recent immigrants to the Pioneer Valley through the International Language Institute (and English language tutoring program for adults), as well as volunteering at Manna Soup Kitchen.
In volunteering with the International Language Institute and Manna Soup Kitchen, it is rewarding to continuously meet and interact with wonderful people with diverse life stories and backgrounds, whether members of Northampton's food insecure population, students at the institute or other workers and volunteers.
In working with Manna, what stood out to me the most was when people who frequented the soup kitchen would recognize me and say hello during my errands downtown. This acknowledgement helped me to better appreciate what it meant to actively integrate into and contribute to the community outside of Smith.
With the word I do—as as the conventional wisdom goes—I gain more from the volunteering experience than anything I impart.