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Jacquie Chang
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Jacquie Chang

Post Date: December 18, 2012

Where do you volunteer?

I volunteer at the Long Beach Rescue Mission (LBRM); I participate weekly at the thrift store and every once in a while assist with food services portion.

Why do you volunteer?

I originally began volunteering because I wanted to become active within the Long Beach community, but I didn’t just want to volunteer anywhere. I wanted to find a place that I had a passion for, not just join any organization because I wanted to be involved with a “good cause.”

How it has changed/impacted your life?

Volunteering at the LBRM has opened my eyes to the needs of what our society consist of and tends to overlook. My life has been changed because often times I’m constantly in a fast paced structured environment where deadlines have to be met, schedules and planning needs to be done, and I’m pulled every which way. Setting time aside weekly to volunteer at the LBRM Thrift Store, I have found an inner peace. The people are easy going and extremely thankful for tasks that can be accomplished within the time you are there. The conversations are full of joy and calmness. It has definitely helped me begin to develop a more at ease attitude and calmer outlook towards my life.

How has your volunteering impacted the community/organization you serve?

Being involved with the LBRM, I have been able to establish relationships with the individuals who are trying to survive life, just like all of us. Being able to serve others is rewarding when you go in with the willingness of wanting to be there because you care. Often times I think that the time I am giving isn’t enough, but when I’m actually there, present and working, I am able to see how my presence affects each individual I interact with.