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Mar. 05

Daily Point of Light 3936, Jason Watkins

This is Jason Watkins volunteer story: "I VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR AT P.K. YONGE K-12 SCHOOL AS PART OF C.A.M.P GATOR. ALSO, A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (BUSINESS, 09) MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GATORS FOOTBALL TEAM. I DO THIS BECAUSE I AM BLESSED AND I WANT TO BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE TO HELP OTHERS RECEIVE THEIR BLESSINGS! I HAVE A PASSION FOR SERVING AND WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO TO PLACE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON SOMEONE'S LIFE, ILL DO IT! MY GOAL FROM DAY ONE WHEN I ENTERED INTO C.A.M.P GATOR WAS TO CHANGE THE LIFE OF AT LEAST ONE PERSON FOR THE BETTER. WHEN OTHERS SEE THAT I TAKE TIME OUT OF MY BUSY AND AT TIMES HECTIC LIFE, DEALING WITH SCHOOL AND SPORTS, I FEEL THAT NOT ONLY DO MY EFFORTS PLAY A VITAL ROLE ON THE STUDENT I MENTOR BUT ALSO ON THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AROUND US. SINCE I VOLUNTEER OFTEN AT SCHOOLS, I LOVE TO LET MY LIGHT SHINE AND SHOW THAT OTHERS, ESPECIALLY STUDENT/ATHLETES, THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO PREFORM ON A HIGH LEVEL IN SPORTS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. BY HELPING OTHERS SUCCEED, IT HELPS ME TOO! I WAS RAISED BELIEVING THE MORE YOU GIVE, THE MORE YOU GET IN RETURN. BY SERVING OTHERS MAKES ME FEEL COMPLETE. I FEEL THAT I AM ON THIS EARTH TO NOT ONLY BETTER MYSELF BUT ALSO TO BE AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS THAT THEY MAY BETTER THEMSELVES. I VOLUNTEER AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. USUALLY, AT LEAST ONCE EACH WEEK FOR AT LEAST A FEW HOURS. NO MATTER HOW BUSY I MAY GET OR HOW OVERWHELMING AT TIMES LIFE MAY BECOME FOR ME, I ALWAYS TRY TO GIVE BACK TO OTHERS AS MUCH AS I CAN. IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT MOST OVERLOOK BUT SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS SAYING HELLO TO SOMEONE OR A HAND SHAKE, CAN HELP TO CHANGE THEM IN A POSITIVE WAY! I WOULD SAY THAT SERVING OTHERS IS An HONOR! WE ALL HAVE BEEN BLESSED. THE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IS THAT WE ALL GO THROUGH TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AND WE ALL HAVE TO LEARN FROM THEM. HOWEVER, WE NEVER KNOW WHAT OTHERS MAYBE BE GOING THROUGH SO BY BEING A ROLE-MODEL TO OTHERS CAN PLAY A HUGE IMPACT ON THEIR LIFE! A QUOTE THAT I LIVE BY IS THAT "WE SERVE GOD, WHEN WE SERVE OTHERS!" THAT HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO MOTIVATE ME TO HELP OTHERS AND HOPEFULLY I HAVE MOTIVATED OTHERS TOWARDS A LIFE OF SERVICE."

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