FrancisCorps | Syracuse, NY

Finding Ourselves Through Service To Others

By Isabel McCormack, FC 20

The reason that I wanted to serve, or actually, needed to serve, is because I’ve grown up in a bubble. I have lived a privileged existence, from my education, to the opportunities I’ve had. I have literally never gone without any of the basic needs, be it emotional, physical, or spiritual. My life thus far has been comfortable. I don’t say this lightly, but I also am not taking for granted how blessed I have been. I’m so thankful for everything I’ve received. I just know that my reality isn’t one that is shared by most people in the world, and as a senior in college trying to figure out my next steps, all I could see myself doing was learning about these other realities, by totally and completely immersing myself in it.

I believe that every human being shares the personal responsibility of making the world a better place in their own way, whether that be as big as changing laws and policies to impact millions of lives, or as small as changing a diaper with a smile. Every single person plays a role in this, without exception, and every single role is necessary. In order for a person to figure out where they fit into that, they need to match the needs of the world to their talents and what makes them happy. I don’t know where my talents fit in to the world around me, but I couldn’t have picked a better place to learn than FrancisCorps.

I don’t know if this year should be called a year of service, or a year of experience. I get to experience other human beings and the sunshine that they bring into the world, and through that, also learn what it is that I’m bringing to the world. In order to figure out what the world needs, I had to get out of my bubble. I moved away from my family and what I knew to live intentionally, finding my community and people in my workplace that I wouldn’t normally encounter. I want to share the best of me with the world, and I am hoping to find that this year as I find the best in the people around me.

Isabel is a Support Worker at Francis House. Visit our service sites page to learn more about Isabel’s site and others we offer. 

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