A year later, I am now a senior at St. Teresa’s Academy High School (STA). For the week of February 27 to March 2 2012, I am out of school to come back to my service agency. At STA one of the requirements for graduating from the academy, is to complete the Junior/Senior Service project, where you are required to fulfill a minimum of 90 hours of community service. As you become a junior and your time at St. Teresa’s Academy is closely coming to an end, you are given the task to choose a non-profit organization to contribute your time to. This time last year, 20 to 25 representatives from non-profit agencies came to STA, step up an information booth, laid out cookies, and waited patiently for a large group of juniors to come pilling through the cafeteria doors. As I entered the cafeteria, my eyes widely open, and I was off to the booths.
I made my way from table to table listening to each organization tells us about the goals and opportunities they had created for others. The more tables I went to the more difficult I knew it was going to be to make my final decision. At the end of the day I had a handful of pamphlets and a brain full of information. I truly did not know what to do.
A few days pass when I am sitting in my mother’s office and when I see a paper with The Women’s Foundation letterhead. Then it comes to me, I always heard my mom talking about The Women’s Foundation and she went to the Annual Luncheons, but it never truly sunk in what it was. So I ask,
“Mom, what does The Women’s Foundation do?”
As she proceeds to tell me all of the outstanding accomplishments they contribute to Kansas City, I knew that this was something I had to be apart of.
The next day I set up a time to talk to one of the teachers in charge of the Junior/Senior Service Project so I can ask her if my service could be done for The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Another few days pass and I get the wonderful news that I am able to complete my hours with The Women’s Foundation. I was extremely nervous to meet with Dawn Oliver, WFGKC Executive Director, to discuss what my week of service would consist of, but the meeting was great! I was stunned at my first impression of Dawn, and how amazing she is. Dawn calmed my nerves in a second with a warm welcome into her office and as she began to explain her time with The Foundation and what my time would look like. I couldn’t help but to feel a great happiness.
A year of learning has passed, and I am ready to start another fulfilling week with this amazing organization. I cannot wait for my last tasks with The Foundation, even though I know I will stay in contact and continue to support WFGKC!