As a volunteer of the Intermountain Healthcare Hospital, my duties include paperwork, tending to patients, and cleaning. I volunteer every Thursday for three hours. While some view it as menial work, it has served as one of the biggest learning experiences of my life.
When I first started, I tried to finish my duties while remaining as invisible as possible. I didn't want to inconvenience the overworked nurses and doctors.
One day, while I was glamorously sanitizing equipment, a nurse called out to me, "Thanks for doing that — it saves us sooo much time". This simple comment meant so much to me — I realized how big an impact can be derived from such a small act.
No matter my place in life, I'm still contributing to a larger cycle — and it can make all the difference.
This activity ultimately relates to the purpose of NHS because it stimulates a desire for service, promotes leadership, and develops character. Being a volunteer, you need to be motivated to do your work although you receive no monetary benefit from it. You learn to be accountable for your actions and take proactive steps to better your surroundings without explicitly being told. The skills volunteering teaches you are things no other activity can.