Serving as World Vision intern in NY is 'not just...an everyday job; I'm helping people'

Story & photos by Matthew Hancock, Intern

Nestor Velez graduated from Bronx Laboratory High School and interned with World Vision's Greater New York field site from February until June.

Nestor Velez handles boxes in the warehouse of World Vision's Greater New York field site in the Bronx

Nestor Velez handles boxes in the warehouse of World Vision's Greater New York field site in the Bronx

He says his time with World Vision was an awesome experience, calling it his best job ever because of the family atmosphere the staff provides and the impact his work has on his own community.

"The icing on the cake is that you're not just working here for some company; you're working for all of those kids and families that are in need," Nestor says.

In his senior year in high school, he had the option of doing an internship to get some real-world experience before heading off to college.

"I got offered an internship with World Vision in the Bronx, so I jumped at the opportunity," Nestor says.

Nestor was a big help to warehouse manager Jaime Lopez for different tasks, from stacking boxes on pallets to leading volunteer groups by teaching them how to build food kits.

He loved coming to work every morning, but it's not just the tasks that he looked forward to.

"My favorite thing about working here is just what World Vision is about," Nestor says. "I get to wake up every morning to come into work and know that I'm not just doing an everyday job; I'm helping people who are in need."

Nestor was born and raised in the Bronx and realizes there is a lot of need in his community. He is mindful about what the borough has done for him.

Nestor Velez (in orange) joins Greater New York teammates (from left): volunteer intern Jordan Green, warehouse specialist Jane Munyao, warehouse manager Jaime Lopez-Gopar, site manager Tim Reeve, and office manager Sandra Aguila-Rosa.

Nestor Velez (in orange) joins Greater New York teammates (from left): volunteer intern Jordan Green, warehouse specialist Jane Munyao, warehouse manager Jaime Lopez-Gopar, site manager Tim Reeve, and office manager Sandra Aguila-Rosa.

"The Bronx isn't the most perfect place, and I've had my ups and downs growing up here, but at the end of the day, it's my home," he says. "Growing up here made me the person I am today."

Now that Nestor has graduated high school, he is looking toward the future and is already aware of his calling.

"The next step in my life is that I'm going to State University of New York at Plattsburg to work towards a degree in criminal justice," he says. "I want to become either a state trooper, a detective, or a federal agent."

He also plans to continue to serve World Vision sometime in the future.

"One thing that I’m going to do now is spread the word about World Vision to get the organization's message out," he says.

A lot of the work Nestor contributed to the warehouse was strenuous at times, and he may not directly see the impact it made, but his experience working with World Vision will stay with him forever.

"My time here from February until now was the best time I've had this whole year," he says. "It's something that I will never forget."

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