Esse quam videri, is a Latin phrase meaning, “to be rather than to seem to be.” For the past month, I have been learning the full meaning of this phrase through interning with Celebrate Outreach. As an intern, I have been given the unique opportunity to work independently on various projects while being involved in important functions, such as board meetings and community forums. I have gained a great deal of knowledge about non-profit work and volunteerism through these experiences.
I was right! Through my internship at Celebrate Outreach, my future goal to work with the St. Pete community, especially with homeless individuals, has been confirmed. I have learned about the various homeless programs offered in our community that begin to address homelessness in a realistic manner. During my first month of my internship, I learned three valuable lessons about how to get these programs out to meet people’s needs.
First, I learned a great deal about board relations and funding of non-profits. Celebrate Outreach has a great board filled with passionate individuals. Attending their board retreat allowed me to witness the clear love that they have for homeless people. They taught me that change can be painful, but very necessary, and all voices are important, especially those who we intend to help.
Last month taught me a another lesson—volunteers are the life blood of any program. The Volunteer Meet ‘n Greet at (swah-rey) introduced me to the clear passion our volunteers have for the Tiny Homes project. Their thunderous applause, caring conversations, and heart-moving stories made this fact clear.
"Through my internship at Celebrate Outreach, my future goal to work with the St. Pete community, especially with homeless individuals, has been confirmed."
Every person deserves a home. We must get this message out. I hope to do this in the next month and live up to the standard of “esse quam videri”, to be rather than to seem to be.