Alumni Spotlight: David Hollie – HOBY Alabama, 2015

“HOBY played a vital role in inspiring my commitment to service and leadership. The conference itself was the catalyst that opened my eyes to my purpose and obligation to humanity. The speakers and participants awakened the passion I had on the inside to impact society in a positive manner. The atmosphere and experience there ignited a desire to serve my fellowman that could not be denied. I knew at that moment that I was destined to lead and serve on another level.”        


Volunteering in the community is a meaningful way to benefit others and learn meaningful life lessons for yourself as well. In learning about the senior citizens’ home from my mother in one of her discussions with me about helping others, I was inspired to visit the center to find out if they needed any volunteers. I went and left my contact information for the director, who readily contacted me via email wanting me to volunteer for bingo with the residents. I accepted this an opportunity to help others, not knowing the impact it would have on my own life. I was definitely in store for a lot more than bingo!

Spending time with the seniors has meant so much to them. As I got to know them, their individual life stories and personalities began to emerge. It didn’t take long for me to hear from them the value they placed on our bingo time together. Many of them have families that, for whatever reason, are unable to come to see them on a regular basis. The time that I spend with them not only gives them an opportunity to interact with someone from the outside world, but it also gives them the time, attention, and companionship they long for. Most importantly, it lets them know that they have not been forgotten, they are loved, and they are appreciated. This is the message they convey with words, the pats on the back, and the smiles that come on their faces when I walk in the room. With a group of over 20 faithful bingo followers from 3 when I first began, I can honestly say neither of our lives will ever be the same. I know I am here to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

My leadership abilities are demonstrated in my commitment to completing my service project. As a volunteer, the people you serve depend upon you greatly. They expect you to be punctual, trustworthy, reliable, and honest. These are all attributes of a good leader that I take very seriously.

Therefore, when fulfilling my service on a weekly basis, I make sure I arrive at the facility at least thirty minutes before the activity time. This communicates to the residents that I value them and their time. It also shows them that I am dedicated to fulfilling my promise as a volunteer.

Informing others in advance when you cannot keep the commitments you have made is a crucial component of leadership. This helps others build trust in your leadership abilities. So when I cannot come as scheduled, I make sure I inform the director, giving as much advance notice as possible. This gives her the opportunity to inform all parties impacted.

My reliability and honesty are demonstrated by the significance I place on the service I provide. By keeping my word and coming consistently week after week, I demonstrate to others that I am a leader they can depend on.

HOBY played a vital role in inspiring my commitment to service and leadership. The conference itself was the catalyst that opened my eyes to my purpose and obligation to humanity. The speakers and participants awakened the passion I had on the inside to impact society in a positive manner. The atmosphere and experience there ignited a desire to serve my fellowman that could not be denied. I knew at that moment that I was destined to lead and serve on another level.

After discovering the “What” I was destined to do, all I needed to find out now is how I would fulfill that commission. With service and leadership being such integral parts of the HOBY organization, the website offered many ideas of the different areas in which one could serve. The stories and projects therein helped me to get a picture of the ways many youth leaders were serving their communities. Their service projects served as the launchpad for the conversations that later ensued with my parents as to how I could make a difference locally. I am so thankful to HOBY for the leader I have become and the commitment I have to serving my fellow man.

 

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