Growing up as a regular at the YMCA, Emily Schlick has been passionate about the Y and volunteering. Through the Y and her church (The Summit Church), Emily has developed a long list of volunteer work. Ever since joining her church in 2015, she began working with World Relief Durham, and Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International (BMDMI). Emily feels very thankful for the selflessness that is fostered from her church and for the fact that it has introduced her to so many great organizations and volunteer opportunities. Because Emily speaks Spanish, she was eager to join BMDMI in Central and South America, utilizing her Spanish skills while helping others. “I love how much I learn from the people I serve with my volunteer work. Although I am in a position of helping them, I am usually the person who learns the most from their kindness, humility, and compassion they show me.”
In 2018, Emily went to Talanga, Honduras, to teach religion classes to the young children in the village. Emily got to teach them religion through games and songs, and really made it a fun and engaging way for them to learn. She tries to complete a big international service trip about once a year. Two years ago, she taught Syrian refugees English in Jordan as they were waiting to emigrate to another country. Not all of Emily’s work is so far from home; she regularly works with World Relief Durham and helps an Afghani refugee partner with everyday tasks like learning to drive and taxes. While her volunteer work is special to Emily, it is the relationships she gained through this experience that make it the most meaningful. “Just this past weekend, my refugee partner and one of her sisters came to my bridal shower. That made me really happy knowing that through my volunteering a true friendship has blossomed. My volunteer work isn’t just about helping people accomplish things, but it’s about fostering relationships and loving other people well.” The pictures included are ones of Emily and her fellow The Summit Church members volunteering in Honduras, and with refugees in Jordan.