Dear future Mercy Volunteer,
It feels like just yesterday when I got accepted into Mercy Volunteer Corps and started my one-year adventure, and now it’s halfway over. Time flies when you’re having fun. The one piece of advice I would like to share is to give it your all and make the most of it because it will fly by.
Jump into your community with an open mind and open heart. You will be living with strangers from different states, backgrounds, beliefs, and views and the best thing you can do is be open and respectful. Living in community is no walk in the park but it’s a wonderful experience that I have learned so much from.
The work you will be doing at your site will be challenging. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed and stressed. The one remarkable thing about the work you do and living in community is that you have people around you who are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings as you are. Don’t get discouraged with how things are going and never feel like you aren’t making a difference because you are.
The one thing I wish I had known before I started was how fast the days go by. Take advantage of all the opportunities you have as a volunteer. Learn, grow, and cherish every moment of your Mercy Volunteer Corps year.
Current Mercy Volunteer Elizabeth Fowler: New York City