Hello, my name is Duncan King. I’m an Eighth Grader at Bright Water School. In Eighth Grade each student does a community service project consisting of volunteering, multiple essays, and a speech. I’ve always had an affinity for the elderly, from my grandparents to family friends. Naturally, I decided to work with senior citizens for my community service project.
Now, I’m not particularly skilled at anything of great use, like carpentry or gardening. It seemed that the only things I could do well were talking and walking. And, as luck would have it, those two basic skills could be put to work.
As it turns out, loneliness is a serious problem for many seniors. However, there are many ways to prevent it. For example, I walk around Green Lake with a senior and another volunteer every Sunday. As we walk we discuss a broad range of topics, from politics to birding. Hearing opinions from three different generations is fascinating, and I truly enjoy the time I spend volunteering.
I know that it’s difficult for a lot of people my age to find something they feel passionate about, and even harder to find a place where they can volunteer. I’m happy to say I’ve found both, and I plan on continuing to volunteer with this program for a long time.