That's why Paige O'Connor, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is this month's Community Service Award finalist.
"I think that I've really come to understand the term, or the quote, "there's nothing better in life than those things that are free," O'Connor says.
The 22 year-old woman gives a lot of her precious time away from the classroom to a Fayetteville therapy center for special-needs children.
"Paige has helped us by being one-on-one with the child, helping them you know, whether it be getting to where they need to be, or helping them interact or participate and building social skills, " says the therapy center's speech language pathologist Amy Smith.
The children develop skills through participation in activities such as a Christmas play.
"What I want to be is a child life specialist, and help these ill children that are in the hospitals going through their traumatic surgeries and procedures. I want to be there to help them," says O'Connor.
Paige also serves people who are hurting emotionally in the critical care waiting rooms at Washington Regional Medical Center.
"The families have just said she's a breath of fresh air, that she's just someone that really makes them feel better when they're there, and the staff is just claiming that her being so efficient has just made their life a whole lot easier," says the hospital's volunteer coordinator Jimmie Beauchamp.
O'Connor also reads to first-graders at Washington Elementary School.
Her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, inspired some of her projects, but she has inspired her sisters to achieve more on campus and in the community.
"She's like a silent leader, that's how I would describe Paige. She's not real vocal, she's not real extroverted, but a lot of people look up to her and her example as a volunteer, to participate without being asked," says sorority sister Julianne Graves.
"I think a have a gentle way about myself with people. I can be in a stressful environment and still remain calm and volunteering and being in those stressful environments has helped me kind of keep that calmness about myself," she says.
She may be only 22, but O'Connor has her career planned, and she's preparing for it by giving a lot of her precious time to the betterment of others in the Fayetteville community.
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