By Oana Gherman, Career Advancement Program Participant from Romania

Oana is participating in CCI Greenheart’s Career Advancement Program where she is a trainee at Westchester Country Club in New York. She recently started volunteering in the United States and wants to encourage other participants to do the same!

I want to tell all the students, interns or trainees out there that volunteering was one of the best ideas that I ever had. It’s the perfect way to meet new people and interact with different cultures and traditions. I loved the entire time I spent volunteering and my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. I hope that at some point in my future I will be able and prepared to conduct my own volunteering project. The project that I participated in is actually an annual project that has been successfully conducted for the past 25 years.

We collected winter coats throughout a period of 3-4 months, and throughout that time, we had volunteering sessions where these coats were sorted and prepared for delivery to various charity or non-profit organizations that have people in need of them.

I believe that everybody should volunteer at least once in their life because this is the best way to learn about what is happening in the world and how some peoples actions can greatly influence other peoples lives. At the same time, volunteering is fun!

I hope to participate in another volunteer project very soon. I feel better knowing that I can give something back or help someone.

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