02 January 2014

Civically Engaged Scholar January Blog Prompt



  • Where did you volunteer this month?
  • What was your most rewarding experience?
  • What was your most challenging experience?
  • Did this experience connect to anything else you are learning in any of your classes?

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  1. I have been working with Relay for Life and we have been working on organizing our first official fundraiser which is our Kickoff. A kickoff is when the planning committee gets together and socializes while team building to build a repore with each other. We decided to turn ours into a fundraiser. We are going to have a Pajama Karaoke Party! Where people can donate to be put int he Scaryoke List where you sing a random karaoke song. I have also been working with COL's Differences Unite Event Chair on her event that will be held in Feb. this coming spring.

    It is rewarding for me to be working with other people doing something so beneficial to other people and myself as a two time cancer survivor and possible cancer patient again.

    It is very challenging for me to have conflicts with other team members when I am suppose to be the chairman but trying to make it a team project not a dictatorship but a couple others are trying to do my job and not their own which can be very irritating and frustrating.

    I am learning to organize, plan, and host specialized events and there is nothing more specialized than fundraising for American Cancer Society!

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  2. Over the Christmas break, I didn't do much with the organization that I work with on a weekly basis. But, I did do a service project where I bought fleece for 12 blankets and I cut all of them and then had people help me tie them! We then took them downtown to the Utah Food Bank and gave them to those who needed them. We also donated 6 of them to a charity near Ogden that provides dinner and a free "store" full of used clothes, items, blankets, toys for needy families. The most rewarding experience I had was when (well now I have two) when I was getting all this fleece cut I felt AWFUL for the poor lady who was cutting it because it took two hours !!! :/!!! BUT when I was leaving, she looked at me and said, "You deserve the world, you are the sweetest girl I have ever met to do such an amazing task on your own free will" Like how sweet is she? She just spent the majority of her shift cutting an enormous amount of fleece and I could tell she was tired, and she offers me such a sweet compliment. It was amazing. Next, after I donated the 6 blankets to the charity night in Ogden I got a letter in the mail addressed to my mother and I. My mom donated lots of chili and we donated a ton of used clothes and then the new blankets that I made. There was a letter from a family there thanking us for the thoughtfulness of our donation. I love feeling like I am making a difference. This is why I love giving my time and energy to others, it boosts my confidence. It also helps me remember how truly fortunate that I am!

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  4. I haven't been working with Cheer Salt Lake in awhile because we took a month and a half off. I am however very excited to be starting up again this month. We are going to be starting our roller derby bucketing opportunities to donate to Utah AIDS Foundation. This organization is a very big ally to the LGBT community and we show our support and helps those that may be going through a difficult time. It is good that we are part of this particular community because of what is happening here in Utah. With the back and forth of the same-sex marriages, we need to show our support to those that are wanting to get married and spend the rest of their lives with each other. We are also going to be traveling in the near future to support other LGBT communities. I also work with NACA. NACA is a nationwide organization that helps colleges and universities student governments in making better leaders and give students of their school activities and events to attend to. It is a great experience attending to the students who are wanting to make a change in their school. I will be traveling to Boston and teaching and learning from students and helping them gain experiences and become the best they can be. The most challenging part for me is when we try and raise money with Cheer Salt Lake, it is hard because of the religious dominance, it is hard to try and convince them to help support those that may be in need. The most rewarding is doing charity with those that also want to help out in the community.

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  5. For this post I actually want to comment on the Community Engagement Forum I participated in with the Community Partnership Council in December. On December 5, 2013 over 65 SLCC employees and students gathered for a College-wide Forum on Community Engagement. College is asking faculty and staff to consider. In small groups, participants defined a shared vision of community engagement; identified institution-wide practices that support this vision; discussed areas where the College might improve its efforts; and suggested areas where the college could support division and individual efforts.
    I was one of the proctors in charge of the small groups. For me, this was an exhilarating and eye opening experience. One the one hand it provided me with great leadership and communication experience, but on the other hand it also gave me some insight as to how decisions are made at SLCC. The forum also gave me some “feel goods” because I actually played a big role in decisions that will affect SLCC as a whole in terms of community engagement. I learned that big decisions here at SLCC actually do start at the community level, and that any one of us has the potential to enact change if we really want to. Overall, being a proctor for the event was an incredible experience, and I’m genuinely glad that I am involved with the Community Partnership Council.

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  6. I am doing my volunteer hours at Whittier Elementary school through the America Reads program. I help tutor first graders in literacy and reading to assist them in reaching reading level abilities. My first official day tutoring this semester will be on Wednesday and I am very excited to be going back. This semester my goals are to be able to make the absolute most of the time that I am at the school because I can really only fit in one day a week to tutor and so instead of seeing one or two students a few times a week like usual, I will probably be working with three or four students one day a week and most of all I am just hoping that I can use this day to benefit these students and boost their literacy abilities. I enjoy reading with my students, I truly feel good when I am at the elementary and when I am listening to the students read and helping them to learn new words and make connections I know, even if it's just a small one, I am making a difference.
    LSH

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  7. I have been volunteering with the community co-op this month with my son. I am very excited to share my love of volunteering with him. We have been doing everything from basic cleaning and stocking to in depth inventory. It is nice to know that nothing gets wasted at the coop even the rotten food gets sent to pigs for food. The one caution I would give people that volunteer at the coop (besides bring a coat it is freezing in there) is leave your wallet at home. With all the good deals on fresh locally grown food I never left without a box full ;P

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    1. I had so much fun with you on fall break. The co op has amazing food. Its a little ways from my house but worth the trip. Maybe I will see you there :)

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  8. January has been a great month so far! We had a successful Community Partner Spotlight Event (CPS) on the 21st-Thank you to all who attended! I was able to apply the use of the ACE grant we received to start planning the budget for this semester's CPS Events. The rest of this semester I hope to give local non-profits the chance to network and get involved through the CPS Events. I also hope to help grow the Civically Engaged Scholar Program and get as many students into the Thayne Center for Service & Learning as possible. Recently I have learned how much of an issue funding can be through watching 5 Parks get shut down, and how vital it is to be engaged in helping underserved communities. My goals for this year are to be involved with the 5k to help support Playworks in March. I also want to work on getting as many people to the Community Partner Spotlight Events as possible. We had 18 attendees at this month’s event but we are prepared to have up to 30. If anyone has any questions about the events please let me know. If you are a Civically Engaged Scholar the CPS Events count as one of the events you are required to attend per semester. So come out, get some lunch, and learn about community organizations.

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  9. I have not had the time to do service yet this month. But i plan on voluntering at the free health clinic one of my moms friends run.

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  10. I am volunteering at the Maliheh Free Clinic and have been since December. I have only been able to volunteer once this month, due to my crazy school schedule. I love volunteering there though! Nancy and Tammy are amazing and are the sweetest ladies. I usually sort medical documents and make phone calls reminding patients of there appointments the next day. I help with whatever I can around the clinic, and all the people are easy and fun to work with. I am planning on working on the 5k with Katie and everyone else involved. I was accepted to go to Hopi in March and I am so excited for that! January has been great, but I am excited to see what I have in store for me over the next couple months!

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  11. I recently joined the Sandy City Police Explorers Academy. This group of individuals focuses on training those who are interested in law enforcement. I am planning on going to law school, so this program is a great opportunity to learn about serving our community through law enforcement. I recently became certified in CPR and First Aid, this was a really awesome experience. I will soon be serving the public by conducting stolen bike reports and, and controlling traffic at accident scenes. This program offers so many different services to the community, including working in the crime lab to help solve different crimes. There are quite a few challenges in this program, but they are well worth it in the end. I am also continuing volunteering as an America Reads tutor. I have been in this program for three semesters now, and I have every moment of it. I have had the privilege of tutoring the student during these past semesters. This student continually astounds me every time we meet together. She is so smart, and full of potential. I am looking forward to seeing how far she advances this semester!

    Heather

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  12. On January 11, I woke up at 4 A.M to make tortillas! We sold "Carne en su Jugo" (Mexican dish) as a fundraiser. It was pretty cool and intense because we needed to have 200 tortillas hand made by 7:30 AM so it would be delivered at its place at 8 AM and than people could pick them up for breakfast at 11 AM. So the purpose was to save the money to start building a camp in a property the church bought for that specific purpose. I honestly thought it was awesome! I brushed up my tortilla making skills also hahaha.

    Ada

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  13. The New Year has politics written all over it. From education, helmet laws, homeless communities, gay rights and night life in Utah there is plenty to get passionate about. I volunteer for the HYRC maintaining the flow in their donation sort room and opportunities to interact and get involved in my community. I will be heading to San Francisco Ca for alternative break with direct access to the homeless community there. I hope to absorb all I can and learn about this hidden culture in America. My ambitions are to strive for change within my community empowering poverty to spark impact on global scales. Networking and building up from within these issues by learning how to right grants for specific causes and learn more about laws and changing them. The best opportunity I have is here with my fellow classmates eager for change. It would be nice to see real protestors creating real results. The fact that there is a law that prevents overnight housing of homeless youth in this country let alone this state is enough to say Wake up America. If your just getting started as a Civically Engaged Scholar, my advice is be open to change- actually listen to what is happening around you. I took my first service learning course last semester and I feel like the things I’ve learned in service can almost equate to my entire education as a whole. The impact service learning has had in my life, has changed my life. The blinders are never noticed when your behind them, thankful to the Thayne Center, Dan Poole and HYRC I see clearly now.

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  14. I had a lot more chances to volunteer this month and it was amazing! I usually help with church meetings only once a week, but they had an extra one this month that was a mix of 3 different languages. Because the lady in charge was deaf and all the other women who could sign and speak were busy, I was able to follow her around and help with communicating between the different groups. It was a wonderful experience and reminded me why I picked ASL Interpreting as my career to go into.
    In one of our classes we had someone come in from the Segolily Center for the Abused Deaf come in and talk to us about a service event were are helping with. It will be a marathon with the option of walking running or riding a bike. She explained that we would be helping at check points along the way, set up/take down, interpreters, and several other things. Understanding what we will be doing has made me really excited about the event coming up this fall.

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  15. I was able to take part in a training to become a support group facilitator for youth ages 12-17 during the month of Jan. It was 40 hours, but I learned a lot. My next steps will be to start facilitating a two hour class every week for six weeks with a group of 6 youth. I was very excited to be accepted for this training, because it is limited and only happens every six months. I think that doing this will help me immensely in my professional career as an LCSW.

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  16. This month I put together packets, made important phone call , run more tests, and scribed for the DRC. My favorite part of course was scribing test for students! working one on one with them helping them accomplish their school career :)

    Blue Bird

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  17. I forgot to be posting, life has been crazy but i am still looking for non profit, i graduate at the end of summer. NEED ONE SEAN!

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