The hours I completed serving my community were ones well-spent. It was extremely satisfying to perform good deeds that help our neighborhood thrive. These duties gave me insight on what community service really is. Community service allows you to provide aid and nurture your neighborhood and community. From picking up trash on trails to reading to children with disabilities, I was able to execute a variety of different service-learning projects. At my first project, I helped prepare packages that would be delivered to the less fortunate. I decorated inspirational scripture that would hopefully lift their spirits. The scripture would later go into ‘Manna’ bags that are apart of the packages. The bags also contained boiled eggs, chips, sandwiches, bottled water along with other nutrient-rich foods. Putting together the bags was beneficial to the community because they were delivered to a surprisingly large population of people, the homeless. By handing out these bags of food, you’ve eliminated one of the top priorities that homeless people are likely to commit a crime for. Not to mention that this could potentially cut down on the amount of loitering and begging there is around the neighborhood. I felt such a swell of pride after completing this project. I could have spent my Thursday night anywhere else, but just knowing that I took time out of my week to help other people that really need it made me extremely proud of myself. Just imagine someone opening their bag of goods and feeling so relieved that they don’t have to scrape up money they do not to try and buy food. I was able to have a hand in this. I spent over six hours executing my next project. Cleaning up the wildlife park was possibly the most strenuous out... ... middle of paper ... ...ction differently. Everything they absorb is processed in a different ways. Temple Grandin, a young woman with aspergers, was able to change agricultural history because of her extraordinary photographic memory. Most people do not realize how much people with disabilities have to offer. I know I have not completed even a small portion of the work that makes where we live so safe, fun, and spectacular. I did, however, receive an innumerable amount of insight on how much effort goes into it. Service-learning is being used as an innovative learning strategy instead of a form of punishment. The reflection that has been integrated into it requires that the student does a bit of higher level thinking along with receiving an excellent hands-on learning experience. This assignment has an astronomical amount of potential in shaping how the youth of today views the world.
I chose to do my service learning project at Feed My Starving Children. I chose this service learning project because I had prior knowledge and experience by doing it with my family and church. Feed My Starving Children has been a huge impact to those who have participated in this service experience because their mission is to pack meals that go to very hungry children around the world. Being from a single parent family, it is hard for us to not be concerned about where the money for food is coming from, yet we have food on our tables for everyday meals. Therefore, I can’t imagine what it is like for those who experience hunger.
I thought it was extremely rewarding when I saw the joy in the peoples’ face when we were serving dinner for them. These people at RMH would tell us endless stories and how happy they were to be at RMH and having us as a volunteer. It was challenging to clean the storage areas full of tabs because it was knocked over all over the place. It took us a couple of hours to make sure that the can tabs were put in containers where the employees can transport the can tabs easily. It was exciting when we finished cleaning the storage areas because we know that it will help RMH to earn money to assist those in needs. In fact, these can tabs had helped them earn about $2K before and we hope that we helped them earn twice as much that
A Positive of the experience I saw the amount of people who came to Aid the drive. This is because I thought many people would not answer the call to service the less fortunate shortly before Thanksgiving. I also felt a positive impact when I saw many fellow pallotti students at the food drive. This is because I did not expect student to be willing to serve the community and give up time in their morning to serve the less fortunate as well. Another experience I had was when I was labeling letters for seabury. This was because I saw the amount of people that this organization was aiding and who i was aiding through providing service.
Service is pivotal to building a democratic community. In class, we have learned that democracy means rule by the people. How can the people rule their community if they aren't involved in their community? By participating in community service, you are directly giving back to your community. Participating in community service isn't only beneficial to the organization and people being served, but is also beneficial to the people serving. According to the ICCE’s
This may seem like something very small, and of course it wasn’t a big deal for me to give him my leftover food, but to him it was a big deal. Not only did I make this man happy, but as I walked back inside I felt happy also. There’s something about the helping others that can also make you feel good inside. This story isn’t to boast about helping a homeless person, it is to show that when we help others, it will make them happy as well as yourself.So I am encouraging you to help someone in need, trust me, it’ll make their day a little brighter, and I can guarantee it’ll make your day as
The Milpitas Food Pantry is a place that helps people who need food, clothes, and other goods. Not only can you donate during November and December but it’s also beneficial to donate and volunteer throughout the whole year. 80% of the food at the pantry goes to families with kids that are our age. Most people in this school are able to have three meals every single day, but others don’t have that privilege. As a child you would have one meal per day, would that be satisfying? So, donating fresh, organic, and nutritious food isn’t a hard thing to do. In order to make a difference, you can donate to the Milpitas Food Pantry or Jack Emery Food Drive! Having kept this idea in mind, we went to the Milpitas Food Pantry, did a project, collaborated with others, and understood more about technology which along the way taught us about people's needs in our society.
For my service project, I was assigned to go to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). When I signed up, I was told that I would be packing food for children but when we arrived at FMSC that Saturday, I realized that we were doing much more than that. At FMSC, one of the staff members gave us a little background information about the type of children we would be helping. The images resembled the children you see in those advertisements about children in third world countries, but these images actually meant something because I knew that today, I would personally be helping these children. We worked in teams to pack rice, soy, vitamin mix, and dry vegetables into packages for children in multiple countries who were not privileged
I got to pick the produce and the manager of the garden would tell me where the produce would be going since I wasn’t able to ride with them to deliver it personally. I felt like I was helping, but since I didn’t get to see it directly affecting them I didn’t completely grasp the concept. However, on some days I actually got to help the kids pick the vegetables they would be getting to take home with them. In the garden I got to see kids bringing fresh produce home for their families. Zachary’s article argued that people from low income families knew that nutritional foods would benefit them and that they had a preference for healthy foods, but didn’t have the means to consistently afford them. But this was a way for kids and people from all walks of life to get the necessary nutrition needed to live a healthy life at no cost. It was eye opening to see the range of people that were affected by food insecurity. In the Senior Kit program I got to help pack the boxes that were going to be given to senior citizens. Some of the volunteers I met were even participants of the Senior Kit program that just wanted to give back. When I would go to the sites to help hand out the boxes they would all be in impoverished areas. When I was driving to the site the closest thing I saw to a grocery store in the area was a liquor store and a 99 cent store. The majority of the people I saw were overweight. It definitely
Right now I participate in the Appalachian Service Project, and my first year was this past summer. It is an organization where a church sends down a group of adults and teenagers to help repair houses near the Appalachian Mountains. Over the summer it was my first time down there, and it was remarkable. I learned many new things about construction, and the way of life down there. In some areas of Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia they are poverty-stricken. It was very emotional to see how much they struggle, and some houses did not even have a roof to protect themselves from rain. I had a wonderful time down there, and made many new friends down there. I am thrilled to be part of it again this year, and I cannot wait for summer. I am also interested in other service projects, but right now the Appalachian Service Project is my
Just completing these tasks for the workforce at GCY greatly helped them increase their youth outreach by being able to promote their success through the scrapbooks along with helping them prepare for their summer season through the facelift on the ammo cans. If I were to do this project again I would have attempted to repaint all the ammo cans at GCY. However, there are about twenty on them which would have been unachievable in the time frame I was working within. If I had started earlier in the year I could have achieved this goal. Through helping this amazing organization further their outreach and helping enhance the river experience of thousands of youth I truly feel as though I have made a positive impact in my community. The river can have a very large impact on the lives of youth and I am proud to say that I was able to help provide them with that experience. Both the community of Flagstaff and the local river community are dear to me due to my investment in both. In the future I hope to continue volunteering for GCY to provide as many people as possible with the experience of participating in a river trip. The river has impacted my life by providing me with a sanctuary and a community of like minded people. I only hope that every young adult is able to find the same thing, and for those who find it on the river, I will help open their eyes to this magical
As a society, many of us have become highly desensitized to the major issues going on around us. It is an unfortunate reality that millions of Americans go hungry every day, many of those who are considered homeless. With an estimated half a million people living on the streets, in cars, or shelters in the United States alone, it is vital that the community works together to help the less fortunate. Food banks and soup kitchens offer free meals to anyone who may find themselves destitute. Many homeless families rely on these safe havens for basic human nutrition. Due to this epidemic, my community service project consists of volunteering at local homeless shelters to assist in preparing and serving food for them. In addition to spending time
In chapter 3 of our Serving Through Learning book, serving the community is discussed in great detail. It gives several tips on how to effectively help the community. The tip that stood out to me the most was that we need to understand ourselves first. This includes who we are as a person, but most importantly what strengths we have to use for the project. I believe that my strengths will be very beneficial in planning and conducting our service project event. Some of my strengths that I have used recently are strategic and positivity. Since midterm is approaching there have been several assignments due and many hours of studying needed. In order to accomplish all of this I have been using several strategies so that I do not get overwhelmed. One of my strategies that I use is writing a list of what I need to get done for the day in order of what is most important to what is least important. This helps me to
The thought of community service was a bore to me before I began my volunteer work. I dreaded starting my community service although I knew I had to do it. Where I earned my hours did not even matter to me. I just wanted to get it over with. To my surprise it was not what I expected. Community service was not a painful experience; it was a very enjoyable and beneficial experience.
As a college student gives us the freedom to explore our surroundings. This community service learning proposal gives us the opportunity to learn from our community. Our critical thinking skills will increase as we apply it to “real world” situations during the class period and not just in old fashioned assignments. It will also help us to understand the way things work such as organizing an event or being part of community organizations themselves. It has been shown in studies presented in the article Service Learning as Holistic Values Pedagogy that “service learning provides a positive context for the formation of social, personal, and civic responsibility; communicative competence and meaningful relationships with adults; as well as growth in the kind of awareness that extends to empathic understanding, altruism, giving, and caring”. As a human, we tend to be selfish at times. While being involved in this course, although it is mandatory, it will help us to understand more about being kind and the effects of an act of kindness. We will learn to gain insight and learn to be more responsible throughout the work we do for the
Though, the concept of community service is not very new its importance has developed in the past few years. There are thousands of organizations all over the world that engage and hold millions of young people all through the world. People of all age groups, with a maximum number of youth are involved in the process of community service. Community-based organizations include; social service organizations, non-profit providers and associations that engage both young people as well adults as volunteers. The process is beneficial both for the individuals as well as the society. Without community service people would not know the meaning of charity and giving back. Community service can be defined as a service that is performed for the benefit of the public. Community service is not a responsibly or an obligation; it is a commitment. A person must want to do it with good intentions and not because they are being forced to do so. Basically, community service is a way for a person to give back to a community in which they live.