Garrett Heaney devotes much of his time volunteering in the greater Alma community. He also serves as the president of Rotaract — a student organization that allows young adults to come together to serve their communities and become leaders.
He has been involved in many projects thanks to his involvement in the organization. These include the Food Recovery Network Initiative, Fall Festival, Trunk or Treat, clothing drives for the Baptist Children’s Home, fundraisers for disaster relief and Child Advocacy’s Dodge for Diapers.
Garrett also has attended national and international conferences, networking with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors. Two years ago, Garrett attended an international Rotary conference in Toronto, and he plans to go to next year’s conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
From being an active member in Rotaract, Garret has built leadership skills, met people from other places in the world, and has been a leadership counselor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for students in Clare, Mich., at Camp Rotary.
“This club has provided me with the tools necessary to develop into a responsible leader,” says Garrett, a senior from Chesterfield.
He also is involved with volunteer opportunities outside of Rotaract, including helping at Science Blowout and on multiple other organized service and philanthropy events throughout his four years at Alma College.
Additionally, he has traveled to Ghana as a member of The Five North Project to install more than 550 computers in schools in need. He also has participated with Big Brother Big Sister for the past three and a half years as a “Big Brother.”
“Involvement with Rotaract has taught me how to be a globally-oriented citizen, how to promote ethical behavior, how to research and assess critical community needs and thinking, and develop management skills in resources, people, finances and projects,” says Garrett.
Garrett has learned to apply the Rotary the Four-Way Test. It consists of the questions: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” The test serves as the guiding principle of the organization for people to use in their personal and professional relationships.
“I enjoy volunteering simply because it’s a good thing to do,” says Garrett. “Volunteering allows me and others to get involved with a worthy cause and potentially change lives and make a difference. It teaches me to have empathy and see the world and challenges from different perspectives.”
He also is involved in Chemistry Club, Food Recovery Network, IPHS Honorary, Order of Omega, Zeta Sigma Fraternity, Ultimate Frisbee, Pre-Medicine Organization, Alpha Phi Omega, and previously men’s lacrosse and Biology Club.
Garrett is majoring in integrative physiology and health science–pre-medicine. After graduation, he plans to apply to medical school.