Some of these impressive members of the community spoke of their service. Ruhi Kabra ’17 did her 250 hours on a service trip to India. She worked with an organization called Uplift Humanity, which was founded in 2012 to help educate and teach life skills to juveniles and orphans throughout India. “I volunteered with Uplift Humanity India as the founder and director of their newest location in Mumbai,” Kabra described what volunteers do during their service: “Volunteers can travel to Mumbai over the summer to teach English and Math to local orphans in an ESL-based program.”
She also acknowledged why it is imperative to perform service to the community and/or the world: “Giving back to your community and the world through service is important because it truly allows you to gain first-hand experience in the lives of those in need. This experience then allows you to better yourself, mature, and appreciate what you have.”Of course, completing this many service hour is quite a task, but Kabra did not seem to mind: “Completing 250 hours of service is rewarding, but it was never about the hours, it was always just about the kids and the cause. I loved working with the orphans in India and it is still so surreal.” She loved it so much that she concluded by saying she would “do it every summer if I could.” Brynn Bean ’19 was another Rutgers Prep student who completed 250 service hours. She performed her service at RPS’ own Summer Mini Camp, at Elijah’s Promise, and at her family’s church. Bean loved volunteering at Mini Camp: “Mini Camp is important because it’s part of Rutgers Prep, which is like my second home. I’ve been going to Prep since I was three so it was a great way to give back and make memories for not only myself but the kids.” She also enjoyed helping at her church: “My church has been a part of my life forever and it feels refreshing and accomplishing when I help out and serve masses.” It was fulfilling for Bean to volunteer at Elijah’s Promise as well: “Elijah’s Promise is a great organization by itself, and it was amazing to meet new people and see the types of things hard work can accomplish. What a lot of people don’t realize is how fortunate they are and that there are people who don’t have much of anything.” Elijah’s promise gave Bean the opportunity to help those less fortunate people. Bean also believes that serving your community is very important: “Community service is important because it brings us closer together. We get to help out and see the smiles on people’s faces and watch them give thanks to us. Personally, it just feels great to know I helped people out and made them happy.” She also agreed that completing 250 service hours was quite a journey: “Completing 250 hours of community service was a huge accomplishment. I learned so much not only in the ways I volunteered but also about myself. It feels great to know I’ve made a difference. Seeing all the little kids around school just brings our RPS community together in a sense where even the youngest kids can feel comfortable and excited with the older ones. I’m extremely proud of myself and everyone else who achieved this 250-hour service goal.” Besides Kabra and Bean, the 22 other students who completed over 250 service hours also contributed greatly to the betterment of not only our local community but the betterment of the world.