Neiry Inguanzo

  • Neiry Inguanzo

$2500 Spirit of Love College Scholarship

This past summer I was able to go on a trip to New Orleans with about 20 other members of the Mary Immaculate youth group. We were on our way to Louisiana for S.H.I.N.E. Catholic Work Camp. S.H.I.N.E., Serving Him in the Needy and the Elderly, is a yearly summer camp all about service and helping others. Throughout the weekend I was able to work with Habitat for Humanity in the rebuilding of a house that was previously torn down by the Katrina hurricane. From sunrise to sunset I was able to give my helping hands with any work that was needed. Shelves were mounted, walls were painted, and cabinets were hung; we did it all. We were ready for any job of work. Most of the teen volunteers working at the sites didn’t know much about handy work or any other type of house building work but we were all willing to learn in order to help finish the house. This experience really allowed me to have a hands-on approach to what good we can do for our country, God, and ourselves. Through the whole week all of the volunteers, including myself, were full of energy and excitement to get up the next day and begin work again. The S.H.I.N.E. trip was memorable; for all the work we put into the house but more than that for all the love and care shared through the experience. This camp was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to gain more knowledge of myself and of God. The trip has and will help me to have a better understanding of life events and other similar situations. This experience was just a stepping stone of what I can do and what I will do for my future. My experience of helping someone that couldn’t help himself is beneficial all in itself. I am constantly reminded of the beatitudes especially, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Because I believe I have been blessed to have the health and life I have and I am glad to be able to share this wealth with others.Show/Hide Footer Actions