Column: Giving of yourself, in whatever capacity, priceless gift to others

Racheal Hill was raised in a home in which education was not encouraged. After her mother found the courage to go back to school and attain a nursing degree at Ivy Tech Community College–Columbus/Franklin, Racheal knew she wanted more, as well.

The road has been difficult. She graduated from McDowell Education Center and the Young Mothers’ Education program while working at Subway for five years.

Having a relative who struggled with substance abuse, Racheal discovered that her calling was counseling others with substance abuse issues. In May, she will receive an associate of applied science in human services with two concentrations — correctional rehabilitation services and substance abuse. After graduation, she plans to transfer to Indiana Wesleyan University to work toward a bachelor’s degree in addictions counseling.

There were many individuals who mentored and encouraged Racheal along the way. One was Chris Bolt, an academic adviser and adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech, who taught her first math course. Chris said that Racheal was the most positive person he had ever met and told her so. Racheal said, “He was the first person to make me believe in myself.”

In my position as executive director of resource development, I am always reminded that giving comes in many forms. Giving financially is a wonderful thing, and it is my job to oversee the financial contributions that come in to the college. Giving in the form that Chris Bolt chose can’t be quantified. Chris’s one comment to Racheal was the impetus for her to succeed in her classes and in life.

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