02 April 2014

Civically Engaged Scholar April Blog Post



  • 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?

20 comments:

  1. As my time here at SLCC comes to an end and my volunteer hours are completed for now I have been and will be reflecting this month. I was not prepared when I began attending classes for the dramatic change and personal growth that has taken place in me. It is amazing that at my age I changed at all. When i think back to who I was when I first started classes to who I am today I am proud to know me. I am also a little sad. I will never have the same amazing opportunity for personal growth again like I have had at SLCC. This doesn't mean I will stop growing as a person it just means that the environment here is an awesome place to really learn about the world and the amazing people in it. I look forward now to experiencing life and educating others on the great lessons life has to teach us.

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    1. Are you completely done with school, Constance, or are you going on?
      Jeslicania

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  2. I have been volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society, the rewarding experience that i get is that I can be around what I love the most, and that i am giving back something i have always wanted to do. The most challenging experience would be that i can't take all of them home. and no, it doesn't. Except Seans class, because i am taking a lead and doing something i have always wanted to do.

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  3. I had an amazing month working with the ladies at the church services this last month. I started learning some new signs in order to do everything correctly. I was also paired with a deaf mentor so that she could watch me and help if I got stuck or forgot something. It was wonderful and she was so positive. Anytime I looked at her for a hint at what I forgot she was right there to help me. By the end I almost had everything down, only needing a couple prompts. She kept telling me what a great job I had done and she was so happy I was there to serve. I'm so glad I have been going, I feel so much more a part of the community with the involvement I've been doing.

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  4. Over the past few months I've been working with the Utah Family Coalition and their Youth Advisory Board to plan a bowling tournament for Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 3rd from 12-2 pm.
    We did a similar event last year and learned a lot of things that we are trying to smooth out in our event this year. As a part of this event, we held a backpack logo design contest that was open to any young adult under the age of 26 who wants to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
    This monday was the final date for submissions and we have already selected a winner for the contest. We had quite a few people submit a drawings and they were all amazing. I love to hear people's personal stories of resilience with mental health and see people come together to create a community based solution and support each other.

    I think this will be a really worthwhile event, I know the money raised from the bowling tournament will benefit the Youth Advisory Board which is a cause I believe in whole heartedly.

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  5. This month I have been volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society. It has been a lot of fun. I have enjoyed working with the cats there and finally decided to get to know the dogs. I loved walking them around the block and enjoying the sunshine. I am also on their lead volunteer committee so right now we are getting ready for the NKUT Adoption Weekend. We are taking volunteers right now and there are many shifts and positions available! It is really exciting being a part of the new NKUT (No-Kill Utah) initiative to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Utah. The goal is to get Utah to be the first No-Kill state for animals by 2019!! Now that truly is a goal so celebrate.

    Here is the information for anyone that wants to volunteer for the NKUT Adoption Weekend. Or if you just want to volunteer at their adoption center you can do that on this site as well! If you have any questions you can also contact me at Leah_1333@yahoo.com

    Go to volunteers.bestfriends.org and either log in to your account or create a new one using the "Salt Lake City Special Events" entry point. Once your account is up-to-date you can view the schedule under the CALENDAR/SHIFTS tab along the top menu.

    Utah State Fairpark, 155 N 10th W
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84116

    Dates/Times:

    May 2-4
    Friday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Details:

    About 800 adoptable animals will be available from multiple shelters and rescue groups working to make Utah a no-kill state. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, and an adoption starter kit.

    More info:

    http://bit.ly/SuperAdoption2014


    --Leah

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  6. I haven't volunteered very much this month due to classes! This whole semester has been so fun, yet so stressful. I feel very accomplished and I am excited to start volunteering with the Maliheh Free Clinic once summer starts!

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    1. I'm looking forward to summer as well. This semester has been crazy, but you have to make sure you keep up on your classes. One last crunch of finals, and most of us will get a break.
      Jeslicania

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  7. Saturday was the last day that I volunteered with Cheer Salt Lake and I am sad and also relieved that it is over. I am sad to see it end because I have put so much time and made so many new friends. I am happy because it means I am gradutating. On Saturday we helped volunteer with the MS Walk at the gateway and it was freezing cold and wet but it was fun. There were many people out there that were a motivation to me to keep going. I am greatful fo rthe opportunity to have been part of a great organization that has helped so many people in so many differnet ways.

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  8. I just barely got started with CES this past week. So I have yet to complete volunteer hours for it. However, for Summer I plan to start volunteering with Wasatch Community Gardens and also am looking into getting involved with offering free yoga classes to populations that may have limited opportunities for yoga. I look forward for to getting involved with CES and I think it's going to be a great Summer!

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  9. This Month I volunteer with America Reads program and Comunidades Unidas (Communities United) a non-profit organization.
    My most rewarding experience has been working with a variety of people in different age stages. With the America Reads program, I've been having the opportunity to know kids from age 6-10 and oh man they are difficult. For Comunidades Unidas I have been working, with teenagers, young adults, adults and elder people.
    It is quite hard to work with the Latino community and kids, because both of them are stubborn. It has take me time to get used to they way of their thinking and interacting with them in general. Even though I am a Latina, I do have different ways of thinking and different ways of asking for help.
    Well I have learn to use my skills in communicating with different people. I discover I know how to be patient and at the same time efficient. I just love volunteering, no matter the situation, but I love more when I get treated with respect!

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    1. Which school do you volunteer at? I volunteer at both, I love my kids in both. I did the after school program for the first time, and it was fun.

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  10. I am still working with the ESL class in closing up my first proposal in my community service learning project. I am still looking for a media to continue through on my hours throughout the year, and am looking for any suggestions?

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  11. I have had way more time to volunteer with the students lately, it's been great. I even stayed for the after school program at Nibly. Schools almost over for me and my kids, and I'm going to miss them so much.
    Jeslicania

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  12. Well, as embarrassing as it is I was hospitalized for almost the entire month of April due to some postpartum anxiety and mental instability that I had been struggling with now I am way behind in life and do not know exactly if I can catch up back to the place where I was. Thank goodness most of my classes are going to be allowing me an incomplete and some more time to get everything done. I am so grateful to all of my teachers who have been so understanding and helpful. Currently, I am trying to readjust and take things at a steady pace. We will see what the end of the semester and the beginning of May bring but I have not been able to do any volunteer work and I feel awful although I do have plans to continue doing volunteer work in the summer months.
    LSH

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  13. I've been volunteering at the Maliheh free clinic for the last little while. I think that my most rewarding experience would be to see the appreciation the patients have for all the care they are given. They are all so nice and so grateful for what the clinic does for them. My most challenging experience would probably be the language barrier. A lot of the patients speak different languages other than English. Most speak Spanish but some even speak other languages. I have been able to learn most words that should be able to get me through what I need to do, but it still isn't enough. I want so badly to be able to communicate effectively with them, but it is very difficult. It's crazy that such a small thing can change so much. I haven't really learned anything like this in any of my classes this semester.

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  14. During the month of April I did volunteer at the Kitten Nursery In SLC for Best Friends. I actually have applied for a position with them and really hope to be hired! Since I was very young I have loved to help animals. I believe the issues animals face are community issues and in order for the lives of animals to improve we have to make that change happen. The most rewarding experience of the kitten nursery is helping little orphans survive. The most challenging for me is knowing how much education there needs to be about spaying and neutering your pets. For all those cute adorable kittens that go up for adoption that is one less older cat who gets adopted. and how many of those adorable kittens will wind up back in our shelters? This volunteer work feeds my initial goal with schooling to eventually become the director of a shelter.~Jessica Vigos

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  15. I forgot I also did my regular volunteer work for SL County Animal Services. I make thei kennel cards for the cats, help with the cat photos and am committed to this no matter how busy I get. I also do the cat cards on FB for Cat Crusaders <3

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  16. April was full of many different volunteer experiences. Many of which were mainly related to the Sandy City Police Explorers, and America Reads. April was the last month of tutoring for me at Nibley Park Elementary, at least for the spring 2014 semester. Although tutoring children in reading is challenging, it is well worth every moment and struggle. The benefits of knowing how to properly read are astronomical. I also officially started volunteering in the Sandy City Police crime lab this month. I am enjoying this immensely. I am looking forward to learning more while volunteering with the Sandy city Explorers.

    H.K.

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