Adil is a rising junior at MOT Charter High School, majoring in engineering. Adil also enjoys watching and playing basketball, which he does on his school’s travel basketball team. In Charity Crossing, Adil is the Youth Leader for the Herring Manor serve in Wilmington.
Adil originally started volunteering at Charity Crossing at first in 2019 as a way to help the community during the hard times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, he found greater meaning and happiness in his experience volunteering when he committed to it in 2020. “Initially, I saw it as a way to help the people who were struggling through the pandemic, but as time passed, the feeling of making others happy was the real reason I wanted to continue,” he states. “I also learned a lot from Charity Crossing, and it was making the world a better place to live in.”
Adil attributes much of his growth to Charity Crossing. “Charity Crossing helped me grow as a leader and developed me as a person.” When asked what skills he is most grateful for developing in his time at Charity Crossing, he responded, “Communicating and working with others. Before I struggled to work with others, so I am happy about that.”
As a student who has school work and other responsibilities apart from volunteering, Adil has to manage his time effectively to be efficient in what he does. “I always prioritize school first, because that is something that should be prioritized,” he says. “I always plan ahead to see if I’m busy that day, and that is one of the reasons I do Sunday serves, [because] I’m rarely ever busy on Sunday.” One tip that Adil has is to complete all school work and other responsibilities first, and if there is any free time where nothing meaningful will be done, set it aside for volunteering.
Being a longtime volunteer, Adil also had a few pointers for newer volunteers who want to make a difference in their community. “Volunteering isn’t something that should be taken lightly; you should be giving your all to it. You have to have a commitment.” He also had a few words for volunteers about time management, an important skill beneficial to everyone. “It’s not ‘I want to volunteer, but I don’t have the time.’ You can make the time IF you plan accordingly.” He stresses the importance of time management in balancing volunteer work with other responsibilities. “If you plan accordingly, you’ll find time to volunteer. If you don’t plan accordingly, you’re more likely not to have enough time.”
Aside from being a Youth Leader for the Herring Manor serve, Adil is also a part of the Digital Communications team, the Volunteer Appreciation team, and will also be co-leading the upcoming Holiday Drive.