I got involved with The 6th Branch on a very simple principle: Why not me? What I mean by that is, if others are out there helping in the community, why can’t I do it too? Of all the community service opportunities out there, I chose The 6th Branch. I showed up because I love to help and T6B projects gave me an opportunity to learn and to grow as a human being while helping out in a community that has been neglected for so long.
In the past year, I have done everything on T6B projects from cleaning up tools to leading projects for Operation Oliver. The 6th Branch became something that I looked forward to being involved with every day and helping out in any way that I could. If The 6th Branch needed help with outside projects why not step up to the plate and help out if my scheduled allowed? I began going to Oliver and assisting The 6thBranch almost every day.
Working with The 6th Branch led me to an opportunity to serve this country on a larger scale when I joined the Clean Energy Service Corps in Austin, Texas as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. I joined AmeriCorps because it was an opportunity to serve a community in need while learning a skill that I can use for the rest of my life. I left Baltimore in January and I am currently learning how to build green homes. The 6th Branch and Operation Oliver gave me a chance to serve and I ended up receiving an opportunity to move out of my mom’s house into the big unknown of Austin! I was just a recent college graduate looking for purpose and The 6th Branch gave me that purpose.
The next time a volunteer project comes up, ask yourself: Why not me? It could lead to amazing things that will happen only by chance and only if you open yourself up to new experiences. I can’t imagine where I would be if I had not asked myself that simple question over a year ago when I first heard about Operation Oliver. Even though I am not in Baltimore anymore, I continue to serve. Wherever you are, there is an opportunity for you to serve. Everyone needs to contribute and many already are. Why not you?