Hi there! I’m Sandra Ostad, CitySquare’s Volunteer Coordinator. Did you know CitySquare requires a minimum of 40 volunteers a day to fight poverty in Dallas? To help you get involved, I’ll be posting weekly updates and opportunities here on the CitySquare Volunteer Hub. So take a look around and feel free to contact me at 214.303.2146 or SOstad@CitySquare.org if you need more information.
CitySquare Volunteer Blog
Why I fight poverty
July 31, 2017
This week I asked one of our interns, Alexis, why she fights poverty. Alexis is a raising junior at Uplift Peak Preparatory High School and a part of the Major’s Internship Program. Read what she has to say about being an intern with CitySquare and how it has changed her perception about poverty.
I fight poverty because it is such a pain to see people in distress and struggling in America. I was taught as a child that everyone has a place in America, that also includes our neighbors. Article 25 from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, ” Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection” (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
My perception about poverty has changed dramatically since starting my internship with CitySquare. Before working at CitySquare, I volunteered with Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a program that feeds our neighbors every fourth Saturday of the month. I thought that volunteering would make a difference for our neighbors. I didn’t realize that it takes more than one day to eliminate poverty. Working at CitySquare has changed my perspective of how poverty can take over someone’s life. I learned that it takes more than one day to eliminate poverty. While working at CitySquare, I have enjoyed being part of the fight against poverty. Every day at CitySquare is a fight against poverty. I go to work in the morning thinking, “What can I do today to eliminate poverty?” CitySquare to me means an everyday commitment to fighting poverty. It means coming together as a community.