My name is Sharay and I am a senior in my final semester at the University of Baltimore. Wow I never thought I would be able to say that! At the end of this semester I will be receiving my Bachelors degree in Human Service Administration. With this degree I will be able to do what I have desired for quite some time, and that is to serve my community. I always loved working with people and now I can go completely into this field with the skill set necessary to help my fellow community members.
This summer I am interning at the awesome Park Heights Renaissance. I have been in awe of this organization for almost two years, and I’m not just saying that because I intern there. You see I stumbled upon Park Heights Renaissance in my junior year at the University of Baltimore. In one of my classes we had to research an organization that is making a difference in any community of our choice. I decided to research organizations in my community. My research led me to PHR. I was pleasantly thrilled to learn about all the things that PHR was doing. After that class I continued to follow PHR. Last semester I decided that I would try to obtain an internship with them. I reached out to the necessary channels and I obtained an internship.
The week before I began my internship, one of my professors suggested to me that perhaps I should organize a program in the community as a part of my internship. After much prayer, thought and consultation with my support system I agreed and began thinking of programs I could potentially organize. I decided that I wanted to organize a health fair for seniors at the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a very shy person and somewhat of an introvert. I seldom take steps to come out of my shell. In fact just thinking of organizing a health fair made me anxious and nervous. But one thing that is constant in my life is my faith in God. And so I prayed about this health fair, that it will be a smooth process. And I can truly say that the organization of this health fair has been smooth. I have been connecting with some amazing influential people in my community. I also have the opportunity of working alongside some of the hardest working students in my department at the University of Baltimore.
Living a healthy life is something that is very important to me. And I believe that it is never too late to do so. I wanted to organize this health fair because I believe that it is something that is very relevant and necessary, especially in my community. Until recently the community I live in was considered a food desert, a neighborhood that lacks affordable and good quality fresh food. I believe that as a community we are well on our way to making large improvements to our quality of life. This health fair will be one of the many ways in which we can learn how to continuously make those improvements. The wonderful event occurred on Monday June 27, 2016 from 9 AM-11:00 AM at the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging. Community partners from organizations such as Sinai Hospital, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Fire Department, MECU, and Moveable Feast were present. This was be an event to remember!