She volunteers with Wasatch Community Gardens as part of her participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program in which she is earning university credit. The volunteer requirement for this program is 150 hours, but she hopes to accomplish more as her individual goal, which speaks to her excelling enthusiasm to make a positive change in our community. To Leila, volunteering is the best thing anyone can do to help contribute to his or her community. “Volunteering makes you feel good as a person and capable of changing another person’s life,” Leila says.
Leila chose Wasatch Community Gardens to volunteer with, because the WCG mission of empowering people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food is something she believe is important, and WCG’s efforts match the International Baccalaureate Diploma target areas of community, action, and service. These are personal values for Leila as well.
Leila shares, “WCG put in so much effort and time in making sure their community is taken care of. I have had great experiences working for them especially since they are so considerate. The most important thing about WCG is that they are accepting, welcoming and caring. I love being a part of an organization that is motivated and determined in helping others. It has been a pleasure getting to work with them.”
Leila also volunteers with United in Service for Humanity, Kids Crew at Primary Children’s Hospital, and Peer Court. Additionally, she is in the National Honor Society at her high school. All of these experiences are developing her leadership roles, which, undoubtedly, is a valuable asset to our local community.
We asked Leila what her favorite vegetable, fruit, or herb was to grow and she replied, “Strawberries! They are so delicious and are not complicated to grow. If they look red, pick them. I love to eat all the vegetables, so having one as my favorite is not possible. Having a garden in my home is just amazing because there are so many vegetables that are beneficial for my health and having something ready to go is always nice. Veggies are the way to go for a better and healthier future.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Leila! Thank you for all your hard work and commitment to make Salt Lake a great place to live.