During summer 2009, Madison Mellish, service vice president for Zeta Upsilon Chapter at Boston University in Massachusetts, worked more than 75 hours through APO and with Orphanage Outreach in the Dominican Republic.
During her junior year of high school, Brother Mellish's school organized a spring break community service trip to the Dominican Republic through Orphanage Outreach. "That was the first time I had ever seen extreme poverty, and it had a lasting impact on me."
For her senior project the following year, Brother Mellish returned to the Dominican Republic for a month, again through Orphanage Outreach. Since then she has volunteered eight times through this organization.
Brother Mellish said, "With each trip I fall more in love with the country and the people, and every trip is completely different. One trip I might be teaching English at a school, the next I might be helping run a summer camp, and on another I might be tutoring the kids at the orphanage."
While talking about ways for others to get involved, Brother Mellish said, "I think APO is a great organization, and I'll always shamelessly promote it. Since our service events are one time, it is easy to get involved, no matter what your schedule. We accept new members every semester, and we accept everyone as long as they fulfill the requirements (which include 20 hours of community service a semester). It's a great way to give back and to meet some great people."