Volunteer Blog - Michelle Nhin

Even though I have only been volunteering for a little less than a month now, I feel at home. Every Friday morning, I look forward to helping the babies. I am still learning but the staff has already taught me so much in the little time I have been here.
On Tuesday March 6th, 2012, I attended the diversity training at the Infant Crisis Services that was conducted by Fran Greenwood from OG&E. At first, I was hesitant to attend. I don’t like big meetings; it makes one feel lost in the crowd. I went despite my doubts and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable seminars I have ever been to.
I scanned the room and saw the few staff members faces I could match names with and one other volunteer I have worked with. Everyone seemed to know everyone else so at first I was nervous and uneasy. I took my seat and waited for the training to start.
I was greeted as soon as I sat down by staff members and other volunteers that where new to me and I was overwhelmed with how welcomed I felt. I looked around again and saw no one really around my age but never less, I felt like I fit right in. I realized that ever since I walked through the doors of Infant Crisis Services, I never felt not welcomed or unloved.
The seminar was wonderful. Greenwood really connected with me and the other volunteers in the room so well. She understood our passion and our worries and we even got to do some group work! That was my favorite part. I also loved hearing other volunteers’ ideas and their perspectives on the organization were eye opening to me. You could see the love and compassion in each staff and volunteer in the room. It was truly an environment that I felt safe and at peace.
I did not realize how much of an impact the volunteers made at Infant Crisis Services until that evening. I left with more understanding of the workplace around me. Even though the training was focused on diversity in the workplace, I felt it was more targeted toward being a better rounded, loving and understanding being. I took what I learned and will not only be using it in the workplace but in real life situations as well.

-Michelle Nhin, Volunteer