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Senior volunteers at BUCM

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:05 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

By Natalie Ollis, Burke Middle School student

Rebecca Parker has been working on her senior project at the Burke United Christian Ministries over the past few months. She understands that volunteering is important, so she has been working hard to help the organization and the people in the community it serves. Rebecca has been helping BUCM unload trucks of supplies and by working in the food pantry and clothing closet. She hopes to be able to volunteer in their soup kitchen soon as well.

Rebecca wants to spread awareness for homelessness, because, she said, “providing help for (others) will benefit you just as much as it will benefit them.” With cold weather coming soon, Rebecca is running a drive to help get donations for the ministry. She is taking “camping supplies” such as tents, canned foods, tarps, clothes, boots, coats, and toiletries through Friday, Oct. 13 in the Burke Middle College offices.  

Rebecca has set several goals for herself through her project. For her drive, she wants to get enough donations to keep people out of the cold. She also wants to spread awareness for homelessness, be more selfless and encourage others to be more willing to help others in times of need. She explained that although she has never been homeless, she remembers a time when she wasn’t as fortunate as she is now, and doesn’t want to take the privileges she has for granted. Because of this, she’d like to go back to her roots by being more caring and providing help for others in similar situations. Lisa Wall, Rebecca’s senior English teacher, said, “Rebecca’s work at the Burke United Christian ministries and donation drive to help homeless people in our community shows her passion to make a positive impact on the world around her.” Rebecca plans to continue to work with BUCM even after the end of her project in hopes to accomplish these goals.