Being the Change

Gladish working with Habitat at  the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project.

By: Rebekah Garr

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is a quote from Gandhi that Jill Gladish tries to live her life by every day. Gladish, a WKU senior, is involved with five organizations on and off campus in hopes of trying to make a difference. At the end of the day though, she realized that she was the one who was truly being changed.

“I have seen what the world is really like. I have seen families in need of a decent place to live and boys wearing girls clothing because their parents can’t afford to shop anywhere but Goodwill or the Salvation Army,” said Gladish. “I am no longer naive to what is going on in the community and that people need help.”

During Gladish’s sophomore year, she had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Philadelphia through Baptist Campus Ministries. This trip gave Gladish the opportunity to make contact with different people, thus leading her to further connect herself to student and local organizations.

So what organizations was Gladish led to become involved with? Gladish became involved with WKU Habitat for Humanity where she currently serves as their chapter’s president. Through this leadership position, she has learned management and communication skills. Gladish spoke about how this has taught her how volunteering is important, but that she has also learned skills for a future career.

Gladish is also currently involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters where she has the opportunity to mentor a girl who needs a positive role model in their life, and helps with teaching English as a Second Language at Christ Fellowship.

“I feel that we can wish all we want that the world would change, but until we make the effort to make the change happen, it won’t,” said Gladish in reference to her experiences volunteering.

Besides her work with nonprofits, Gladish has also chosen to become involved with many organizations on campus as well. She is involved with Campus Crusades for Christ, Baptist Campus Ministries where she has served as Campus Events Coordinator, the Catholic Campus Center, and also served as a Western Leader for two years.

Although Gladish may appear to have several different passions, there is one thing Gladish is truly passionate about: volunteering. Gladish doesn’t just volunteer to feel better about herself, but because of her strong conviction of her faith. She believes that volunteering and student engagement are one of the best decisions that a student can make because they will have real life experiences. All it takes is for students to be that “change.”



  1. bryan reaka says:

    Good Job Jill.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Dana Hester says:

    Congrats on your achievements and thanks for all you do to help WKU, Bowling Green, and the world. Best wishes for your future goals!

    In the words of Mikeschair:
    To all the people who are fighting for the broken
    All the people who keep holding on to love
    All the people who reaching for the lonely
    Keep changing the world

  3. Bill Gladish says:

    We are very proud of your accomplishments in the field of volunteering. But we are also proud of the way you are living your life and having an impact on others.
    Mom & Dad

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