Edwards enjoys life by serving others

Student Spotlight: Jeffry Edwards

Written by: LaVella Hall

“I just enjoy it. I always say, ‘If I’m not enjoying it, why am I doing it?’” said Jeffry Edwards. The “it” Edwards speaks of is volunteering to help others. As a recipient of a gold President’s Volunteer Service Award, Edwards is a dedicated volunteer. He has been volunteering for Habitat for Humanity for over a year, starting in January 2011 at the Winter Collegiate Challenge.  He became a part of the organization with the help of Associate Professor Dr. Bryan Reaka.

On his first trip with Habitat for Humanity, Edwards learned a lot about basic home building skills and enjoyed the physical challenge. He also noted how good it felt to do good in the community. “You could really see the appreciation homeowner’s had for the volunteers willingly working on their home,” Edwards said. The trip had such an impact that Edwards continued volunteering and interned over the summer of 2012 with the Morehead State University chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Edwards enjoys a lot of different hobbies. Not only is he vice president of WKU’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, he is also co-president of American Institute of Architecture Students, president of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, president of the National Association of Home Builders, and is a section leader for alto saxophones in Western Kentucky University’s marching band.

Edwards strongly believes you should be passionate about everything you do in life. When it comes to volunteering, Edwards believes you should volunteer not out of requirement or because it fulfills a course credit. You should volunteer not because you are forced but because you love it and you love helping people.

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