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Making someone’s day just by showing up: Teen shares her experience as a Providence Teen Volunteer

We usually think of volunteering as weeding a garden or picking up trash (those are important too, of course), but it can be more. It can be making someone’s day just by showing up. It can be learning things you never knew from someone who experienced it first-hand. It can be the satisfied feeling you get when someone laughs at a joke you made. Volunteering isn’t just mundane tasks. It’s knowing and feeling and connecting with people.


Amanda Lakstins is finishing up her freshman year at South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is a regular volunteer with the Providence Teen Volunteer Ministry at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.