Every other Tuesday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed Students, Sunday Teams, Catapult, Bloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.
This week, meet Brittany!
Shed Students/Middle School Bloc
Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)?
I *chose* to volunteer for the GreenHouse summer takeover last year after going through Preface in the spring and wanting to get more plugged into our community. I was then very gently *asked* to work with middle schoolers instead by our youth pastor, David Roberts, when another person in the church suggested that my background as a high school teacher might make me a better fit with older students. It was a leap of faith, but I wouldn't change a thing.
What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer?
A middle school student once described humanity as billions of little pieces of a broken cross, where no matter the size and shape, every person was needed and had a place, and we could never be complete without including everyone. That hit my soul deeply, and I definitely gained a much greater respect and appreciation for students in general, especially the middle school age range that I had previously been hesitant to work with.
If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?
Describe your perfect day in Charlotte:
I'd grab a triple shot almond milk latte from Smelly Cat or Central Coffee Co., walk or light rail over to Discovery Place with a friend or my nephew, wander a bit and check out the newest IMAX, then meet up with friends somewhere for dinner and a drink. I'd happily end my night with one scoop at Two Scoops.
NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE ROB BOWERS because…
he's been a total rockstar wrangling the middle school boys, which is the under-18 demographic I am most terrified of. He manages to make all conversations inclusive and relatable, and he very positively navigates the students around some tough topics and into a much deeper discussion than they might have on their own.