Being patriotic can take many forms, and the following women show their love for the United States by giving back to their individual communities as well as the country at large. For these ladies, giving back can mean many things: volunteering at a charity, running for office to improve a community or serving in the military.
My passion for community service started when I was in third grade. I discovered Southeastern Guide Dogs through a school project, put together a fundraiser, and raised over $2500 to sponsor a puppy through guide dog school. Since then I have become the youngest head of education/outreach for any walkathon committee. When I decided to move from Florida to Alabama for college, I knew that I wanted to be just as involved in my new community as I was back home. I rushed Delta Zeta for our philanthropy, speech and hearing, and I have been a part of fundraisers and special events to help those in need of speech and hearing technology that is not readily available to them. As a University of Alabama Crimsonette, I am a representative of my school; my team is all about community service and volunteered at the food pantry, RISE Center, and Operation Christmas Child. I think that there is nothing better you can do with yourself than give back to others, and I can only hope that I can influence a few people to find their passion in community service and find the joy that comes with it.
I’ve had the honor of being involved with schools and organizations that placed a heavy emphasis on community service. Because of this I’ve had the privilege of working with organizations like local churches, Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, the American Red Cross, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and my local pregnancy center. My involvement at Habitat for Humanity has been especially impactful as I work closely with the homeowners who lost their homes or were living in shambles. I get to learn skills like installing flooring and putting on roofs all while having conversations with future Habitat homeowners, each with a unique story, like losing their home in a fire or tornado. My favorite story from this year was a homeowner who was a disabled Vietnam vet—he lost his leg in a surgery this year and we got to work on his home to make it more wheelchair accessible!