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In 2014, a student wrote about his experience as a volunteer for Food on the 15th:

            As part of my involvement in a non-profit organization called Food On The 15th, I volunteered to be a Summer Diabetic Food Coordinator. In this role, I led food drives to benefit low income senior citizens with diabetes.  I had a lot of responsibilities in this position. To start, I had to plan my goal and figure out how to achieve it.  I learned about foods that were diabetic friendly and created flyers asking people to donate those specific types of foods.  I also announced and explained the purpose of Food on the 15th to groups of people with whom I had contact.  For example, since I play in a band, I used our performances as one opportunity to ask audience members to donate.  After I collected the donations, it was my job to check and make sure they were diabetic friendly and not expired. Then, I sorted the food into bags and delivered them to the senior citizens in need.

            This experience taught me a lot of new things. First, I learned that in order to be a good leader, I had to be the one to take initiative. As the coordinator, it was my job to convince people to help out with the food drive.  I was also responsible for making decisions such as how to design and distribute the flyers, how to announce the drive, and how I should collect and deliver the food. Those who participate but aren’t in a leadership role don’t have to make so many decisions since they simply listen to and follow instructions.  Second, this experience significantly changed my perspective on people. I did not expect so many people to be so responsive to my requests to donate. Since I’ve seen many people ignore requests like this in the past, it surprised me to see people actually being so generous and giving so much to help others. Finally, this experience made me feel a lot more confident in my ability to influence people to do something helpful in order to achieve an important goal.