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Give Back to Givers Honors Student Volunteer Olivia Hastie

by Press Release
December 17, 2017

This week, Olivia Hastie is being honored. Olivia lives in Holliston, and is now a senior at Montrose High School. She runs an impressive service organization at her school and has touched the lives of many with her dedication to helping others. Thank you for everything that you do Olivia! Here are her answers to our questions:

What do you currently do as volunteer work?

I run a volunteer organization at Montrose, called Contemplatives in Action. We coordinate our school’s Day of Service and we run a bunch of projects. Most recently we ran a drive for an organization Dignity Matters, which collects feminine care products for homeless women. Next week we’re going to an organization in Boston called Room to Grow, which helps babies born into poverty. 

What made you want to get involved in volunteering?

I have always been committed to volunteerism. My mom was educated at Holy Cross in Worcester which educates their students as men and women for others. So it all really started with my mom. She always makes sure people feel acknowledged and so I’ve tried to do that in my everyday life. So as a high school student, I decided that service was the most important part of my extracurriculars. 

What is your favorite part of volunteering?

The best part of volunteer work is the aftermath. When you see the smile on a person’s faith when you do something for them. It is the most rewarding feeling. Also, knowing that you’ve done something good. That is so so important. Volunteering and serving others is the best way to put a smile on your face and lift your spirits. 

What have you gotten out of volunteering?

Volunteering has been the most humbling experience of my life. I am so committed to helping those in need and I have seen such poverty through these projects. With Dignity Matters, I learned that homeless women don’t have access to a basic need. Volunteerism has taught me that I have so many things to be grateful for, and sometimes I take it for granted.

Give Back to Givers is a 501(c)3 certified non profit dedicated to promoting the spirit of volunteerism in Holliston by organizing ways for people to show appreciation to Holliston’s many volunteers and volunteer organizations.  Each month, we honor a special “Volunteer of the Month.”  This December, in lieu of a single "Volunteer of the Month”, we are honoring four teenagers as “Student Volunteer of the Week”.  To learn more about Give Back to Givers, please “Like” us on Facebook or visit our website, Www.GiveBackToGivers.com!

 

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