Volunteering provides insight for the future
A volunteer with the South Reading Youth Initiative, an after school program for inner-city children in elementary and middle school, Kevin Shainline spends about 10 hours a week with the children. During his time with the students, he helps them with homework and planned activities, such as mini field trips to Alvernia, where the children play basketball with the women’s basketball team every Monday.
“I got involved last year, my first semester of my freshman year,” Shainline said in a recent Reading Eagle article. “I got involved at first because I thought it’d be a good thing to put on my resume. My sister inspired me to start doing service, and once I started, I just kept wanting to do more.”
Although undecided about his major and what he wants to do in his future, Shianline feels that working with the children is a good experience. He also enjoys the fact that working with the South Reading Youth Initiative is a great way to help the community.
“I try to stay active at the Holleran Center and serve the community of the greater Reading area,” he said.
Juggling a busy schedule of schoolwork, volunteer work and a social life he knows it is important to find a balance but the extra effort is worth it.
Volunteering is not a new thing for Shainline, in the past few years he has volunteered with the Catholic Youth Organization’s basketball league. During previous holiday seasons, he helped with Operation Holiday by collecting food and toys for underprivileged families in the Pottstown area.
His advice to others is to volunteer in any way you can. “It’s something that I want to carry on for the rest of my life, and I think that once (they) volunteer, most people feel the same way”
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