Elizabeth Jackson has a servant's heart. She serves quietly, she serves with compassion, she is open and giving of her gifts and talents. She is unassuming, yet unwavering in her service to those in need. Whether it be leading a community service trip with a group of her college peers, volunteering for a non-profit which serves international orphans, or using her talents to design t-shirts for student clubs and organizations, she does so with the qualities of a true servant leader----to make a difference in the lives of others while impacting each person she serves with in a personal way--- with their needs, not hers, in the forefront. As a Graphic Design major, Liz has selflessly offered her time and skills to provide t-shirt designs for several MCC student organizations as well as community based charitable organizations. Moreover, last year during the MCC Give Kids the World service trip, Liz was the glue that held the group together. She was touched by the mission of the organization, and returned with a deepened commitment to serving children with life threatening illnesses and their families. This year she took the lead role in the MCC GKW service trip---encouraging others to serve, arranging for the trip logistics, helping run a benefit dodge ball tournament for the cause, all while paying special attention to the needs of each team member. The following quote exemplifies Elizabeth Jackson's deep ethic of service: "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." ----Albert Schweitzer
"You don't need a reason to help people." I came across that quote at a young age and it has stuck with me ever since. Helping people has become a huge part of who I am and I hope it always will be. I was able to participate in community service and several mission trips throughout high school. When I enrolled at Manchester Community College, I had no idea that there would be similar opportunities available, but I am so thankful for them as well as for the faculty and staff that encouraged me to get involved on campus. Because of them, I have been able to be a part of a variety of things at the college and in the community. The one that is closest to my heart has been participating in and leading MCC's alternative break service trip to Give Kids the World. Throughout these experiences, it has become evident to me that no matter who we are or where we came from, we all have talents and abilities that can be used to make a difference in the lives of others - and that should be our purpose.