DAY 16 – Volunteer a few hours with a community organization.

In honor of Tabitha, find some time today to identify a need in your community, and volunteer a few hours with an organization that serves the need. Americans have a strong value for giving back and volunteerism. Many live by the saying “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Surprising to some, this spirit of giving is found in Kibera as well. Youth volunteering with CFK’s program spend 3-10 hours a week organizing activities, running workshops, and mentoring younger program participants. These young leaders know that if you want to see change in your community, it starts with you. Like CFK co-founder Tabitha who started a health clinic out of her modest shack, they believe they can make a difference and have found a way to serve. Everyone has something to give. Start where you are with what you have. How will you serve?

"It’s compulsory to any register team to at least participate in clean-up exercises.  That’s how we give back to the community.  We don’t have any government services in Kibera.  The youth are the people who are in charge of making sure that at least the level of trash in Kibera at least is reduced." Kibera Community Member Cantar Hussein

Discussion - Day 16

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  1. Posted August 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I gave my time at my favorite DREAMS Center for Arts Education! It is almost time for students to return and they were in need of a little tidy up and organizations. My family is always eager to lend them an extra hand.

  2. Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    volunteering is always a good thing to do and more people should do it more often, I have been volunteering for great river greening

  3. Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I have completed this challenge. It wasnt as hard because i do this on a regular basis. I always volunteer my time at my own church (Centro Cristiano Hispano) with the youth, organizing events and just helping out in everything.
    #capstoneproject

    • Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      Recently my church and i did a fund raiser to raise money for a goal we have set. We set a goal to meet $10,000 by the end of this year and so far, since the beginning of 2012, we are half way. Our funds that are raised are all going towards constructing our own church building. I volunteered my time to help cook and sell “pupusas” which is a typical dish in El Salvador. It consists of a tortilla filled inside with anything you want including: vegetables, meat, cheese, beans, squash, chicken and a special sauce that sits on the top. It was a fun experience to see everyone from my church work together as one body to reach a goal.

      • Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

        Recently my church and i did a fund raiser to raise money for a goal we have set. We set a goal to meet $10,000 by the end of this year and so far, since the beginning of 2012, we are half way. Our funds that are raised are all going towards constructing our own church building. I volunteered my time to help cook and sell “pupusas” which is a typical dish in El Salvador. It consists of a tortilla filled inside with anything you want including: vegetables, meat, cheese, beans, squash, chicken and a special sauce that sits on the top. It was a fun experience to see everyone from my church work together as one body to reach a goal.
        #capstoneproject