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I Help Myself…I Volunteer!

by Mercy Mendoza Cruz

(Originally appeared in Good Jobs, Not Just Any Jobs, March 2013)

Having cerebral palsy has never stopped me from doing what I like to do. I am a volunteer at the Lakeview School in New Jersey. This is a school for people with special needs, and I graduated from Lakeview last summer.

I love this job because I get a chance to show that I can be independent. It is wonderful to work with the staff and students; it also allows me to prove to myself that I have a lot to offer the world. There are times when I feel sad, but when I go to do my volunteer work, I feel happy. Work is good for me!

Even though I don’t get paid, I am learning so much about life and people. That is worth more to me than money. Someday, the right paying job may come along. Until then, I will keep trying out all the beautiful and wonderful opportunities my volunteer job has to offer.

Mercy Mendoza Cruz is 21 years old and is a student at the New Brunswick Public Schools Adult Learning Center in New Jersey. Originally from Honduras, Mercy’s goal is to improve her English and Math skills. Her positive attitude sets an example for all to see!

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