2012 Essay Contest - Top 3 Entries
Sharing street comers
There's a raggedy man on the street comer where Honey just worked last night. His body continues to droop as if trying to find the home it once had before he was wrongly imprisoned , then exonerated. It wouldn't even take you hard to look before you noticed the deep sadness that lies in his big brown eyes. All from stress, his black hair has accents of gray that make him look older than he really is. His pissy smell dances around your nose and suggests the absence of proper hygiene care. He asks for a dollar when you approach him. Would you give him your last dollar? Would you give him the change you got from the store? Or would you walk away? Now what if you were with your friends and he asked you for a dollar, would you give it to him? H they gave it to him, would you do the same or hold back? If they just ignored him, would your feet join the rhythm of theirs or would you branch off and create a new song? The oh so infamous question: What would you do?
Everyone's motivation for service varies: whether it's to follow the crowd, to earn money, to get attention for a good deed, or just out of kindness of heart, it ranges. One reason for charity is so that a person may earn popularity through recognition. Through this recognition, they'll then be able to gain more capital and friends. They'll become accepted and gain more weight in their clique of friends. This person's goals are solely for affection. Not recognizing that the affection and acceptance they seek is exactly what the services need from them (the servicer). Sometimes a person's motivation for service to others would be because they want to earn money, or to just earn credits for school. Through this service they receive a reward that's beneficial to them. It may touch them later but for right now, they see service as dollar signs or 'free school credit!' However, the beneficial side of kids doing charity for school is that even though they start out as just the 'users,' most of them then become the carers, who's charity is out to tend with love, rather than help to gain. A lot of people join charity with an unpure intention and but after they join they begin to have their hearts clean and filled with a new case of empathy/sympathy. They then begin to service others because they care and not just because they want it for some type of personal gain.
Most of these people have a similar ending in their story of service: care towards others and a care that has bloomed from the ugly thorn bush in the storm. Just as a woman who began her service in Philadelphia by simply inviting homeless men to jog with her as she went on trail. She then decided to expand this decision and make it a charity where she helped the homeless who are in other states, she also offered them internships and $2500 to help them get on their feet. She began to give them hope and showed them that running is a start to getting back on your feet because then that gets you in shape and allows you to push yourself while running so that you're ready to be your self-motivator in the real world. This woman's motivation for her service was care and concern, care for what these people are going through, and concern for the homeless rate in her state. Just like her, I want to take a stand. I want to create a charity that helps the future generations of America.
I want to create a charity that promotes good health in America. It'd focus on the children who are in urban areas, and it'd provide them with a reward for sticking to the plan. I would have partners and sponsors in my charity who would provide the children in elementary with chances in a better high school education and I'd provide multiple scholarships for high schoolers along with personal assistance for the confusing task of college. My charity would be a widespread family so that people don't feel the need to join gangs to search for love and it'd provide the sister or brother you always wanted. It's teaching children how to have empathy for others and learn to care as it unconsciously empowers them to do better for themselves. My charity would also reach out to a few jobs so that the children may have internships when the time approached them so that they may be ready for the real world and boost their "excitement" for school and learning.
And in Advertising it, I'd start a group with my friends on Facebook that promotes it, then post it on buses and go to schools and I'd also work to get on the news so that parents can also see it and be the first hand on their child's back. I'd connect with some of my high school teachers and get them to connect with other teachers, parents and etc., so that they may spread the word of my program and also tell parents that this isn't limited to the impoverished but can also be used as a step to get their child on their toes rather than their feet.
I want to do this particular charity because I love kids and I also see the struggles of people around my age and I see my own struggle. I want to prepare them for the annoying twist and turns of life. I want to catch them as they're falling or getting ready to fall to prevent them from hitting rock bottom. I want to hold them and teach children to hold each other because, in America, we only have each other. If we don't fight and try to create a foundation under each other and learn to build a building to protect us, then who will? If you don't fight, you'll soon face the troubles of the man who lived on the same comer that Honey worked on last night, but I guess you only see him and don't recognize that Honey doesn't belong there either. They both need a guiding hand. So instead of trying to place blame on someone for their predicament, look at who they are, inwardly now because people change, and we all need a second chance.