Will White is a Kingsport native, dedicated Tennessee football fan and avid volunteer. Will’s journey in volunteerism started when he was a part of the student council at Sullivan North High School and was only strengthened when he began a co-op at Kimberly-Clark in Summer 2015.
Volunteering in high school was initially a requirement, but eventually Will fell in love with it and the genuine happiness he could see in the people he was serving. He volunteered in nursing homes, donated to and worked for community yard sales for underprivileged families, served food at his church during the holidays, did yard work for older members of his community and much more.
After his junior year of college, Will began a co-op for Kimberly-Clark where volunteering was simply part of the culture. Employees weren’t required to volunteer, but it was encouraged. His involvement with the company lead to Meals on Wheels, an organization that provides home-delivered meal services to those in need. On Fridays, he and other volunteers would pick up the meals from the Community Center in Alpharetta, GA and deliver them to around 15 homes on their assigned route. Each home was given lunch, dinner and dessert for the entire weekend. Will explained that the most memorable part of Meals on Wheels was when people would invite the volunteers into their homes just to sit down and have casual conversation. Will continued to reflect upon how thankful these people were for their food:
“There are times when I complain saying, ‘I’m too full’ or ‘I’m too hungry’. I complain about all these luxuries and helping these people out keeps me in check. I see how appreciative they are of one thing when I have maybe 20 of that one thing,” Will said.
Through Kimberly-Clark, Will was also given other opportunities to volunteer. He and his co-workers decorated a community room at a nursing home during the holidays and worked at a foster care where he folded clothing and cleaned strollers and toys that people donated.
As for future plans, Will wants to work for a company that embodies volunteerism in their culture and even if that doesn’t work out he looks forward to finding other outlets to volunteer. He even went as far to say he would start his own opportunities if it came down to it.
In fact, Will can be found bright and early tomorrow morning feeding the homeless with his church.
Will is a 21-year-old senior majoring in supply chain management with a collateral in marketing. Will wants to encourage everyone to find a way to volunteer in their community. Volunteering continues to make him the caring person he his today.