What I’ve Learned

What I' ve Learned

Katie D., 19
Full-time student
Gainesville, Georgia

One Friday afternoon, the cafeteria staff at my school set out a platter of sandwiches. They were free for students to take because they would spoil over the weekend if they weren’t consumed. I saw one girl taking about six or seven sandwiches and I asked her why. She said she was taking the sandwiches home so that she and her brother would have something to eat on Saturday. This surprised me because I thought our school was fairly affluent and it inspired me to start a program to reduce child hunger in my community.

I named the program “Sow More, Grow More.” I asked farmers and gardeners to sow more fruits and vegetables, so they would have surplus produce to donate at harvest. “Sow More, Grow More” is now in its third year, and to date we’ve received 1,400 pounds of donated produce and served 2,200 families.

Through this project I learned that I don’t have to ask permission to solve a problem. I learned that I could take an idea from start to finish and collaborate with others to make our community stronger. I learned that one person with passion can inspire an entire community. I learned leadership through service.

What I learned from starting a nonprofit organization

What I learned from starting a nonprofit organization

I just wanted to ensure that low income families could access poverty fighting resources.
For Ian, the stunning beaches of Hawaii aren’t scenes from a dream vacation—they are the backdrop of his #EverydayAmerican life.

What I Learned By Working with Hawaiian Youth

For Ian, the stunning beaches of Hawaii aren’t scenes from a dream vacation—they are the backdrop of his #EverydayAmerican life.

What I learned from losing a loved one

What I learned from losing a loved one

It is with gratitude and wonderful memories that I will always keep her close to my heart.

Jim H.

What I Learned from Volunteering at Age 81

I’m living in a retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio. My physical and mental health are good, allowing me to form friendships with residents and staff. I smile as I meet folks each day. I ask people how they are doing and mean it, and tell them honestly how I am doing. I love living here, and my fellowresidents amaze me with how kind they are to one another, and with how their personalities are so rich and interesting.

What I Learned from Caring for a Pet

What I Learned from Caring for a Pet

By caring for mypetsI learned the value of friendship and love. Since my children always wanted pets, I knew we would eventually succumb to adding a couple of furry friends to ourfamily!

What I Learned From Serving on a Jury

What I Learned From Serving on a Jury Robin H.

I served on a jury for the first time the other week. In the United States, some legal trials are decided solely by a judge, but others are decided by a jury of twelve citizens. The idea behind this is that a defendant’s case should be decided by his or her peers, a random sample of people with the same legal standing.