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Category: Lopes in the Community

By Elizabeth Valenti, PhD
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences  

Dr. Dorothy Height, a well-known educator and civil rights activist once said, “Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop…”

I now know what she means. Volunteering has changed my life in ways that I never imagined. Whether it involves packing food boxes at my church or walking dogs at my local animal shelter, I can animatedly say the experiences have served me considerably more than the service recipients.

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