Member of the Month

March: Kunal Parmar

Home Country: India
Major: Computer Science
Classification: Graduate Student

When did you start volunteering with MVP and what made you want to get involved?
My first event with MVP was the Labor day service event last Fall semester. It was just my second week in Houston(in the US as well) and I had moved on campus. I saw the event as an opportunity to make new friends and spend the time in a useful way.

Why is community service important to you?
I have come to realize that there is a large amount of people who are less privileged than me. By serving, I make sure I do my bit to help alleviate the problems faced by the community. I get the feeling through service that I make the world a better place to live in.

What was your favorite MVP service event and why?
There is a bunch of MVP events I like. One of the them is the Houston Food bank considering the huge impact you can have in just 2-3 hours (7000+ meals in 2.5 hours). Another one is the Beacon as it gives you the opportunity to interact directly with the people you serve. More recently, I have developed a liking for the Kipp Academy because "kids are fun"!!

What advice or suggestions would you give someone who is on the fence about volunteering with MVP?
Volunteering doesn't take a lot of time. You can easily dedicate 3 hours a week/two weeks. Also, you don't need to volunteer at every event. Just pick an event that you like which fits in your schedule. Try something in the weekend if weekdays are busy for you. Try it once and continue if you feel good about it after the event. 'The start' is always the most difficult.

If you could do any type of service in the world what would your dream service activity be?
The two major concerns for me are poverty and education. Nobody should be deprived of the basic privileges that a human being deserves. I wish that every person in the world gets elementary level education and is able to make enough money to feed himself/his family and lead a happy life.