14 May 2014

Civically Engaged Scholar May 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?

13 comments:

  1. I made contact with Real Food Rising this month and they seem very open to volunteers. I wasn't able to make the first project this month but I plan to be helping with farm prep and such during June. Now that everything is pretty much set with my classes (Finally got into MATH 1030! Anyone wanna tutor me?) I can focus on more outreach. I let Yoga for People and Wasatch Community Gardens both know of my interest and haven't heard anything back yet, I expect things to be falling into place soon though and start participating. I sent an email out to the advisors of a teaching scholarship I was apart of in hopes that LE 2920 will have enough students to be able to be held this summer!

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    1. What's Real Food Rising? Are you going to be volunteering this summer? I am also taking a math class, but I skipped 1030 and went into 1210. I also could use a good tutor. Do you ever go into the library basement? They have to sources of free tutors, on in the Math Lab, the other in the Learning Center. Some of the tutors are more useful than others, just saying...
      Jeslicania

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  2. Hello everyone! I've just joined the CES program, so I have yet to volunteer towards these hours. I suppose though, that my reward so far is excitement and anticipation of the wonderful experiences I will undoubtedly find in the near future. I have started working on an introduction letter for potential volunteer organizations, which is a bit challenging, but also kind of fun. I'm hoping to volunteer in many different places. Perhaps a few clinics, the community gardens, youth centers, etc. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, and helping out in all the ways that I can. - L.A.

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    1. I love volunteering at community gardens! If you would like to volunteer together, let me know which one you're planning on volunteering at, and I'll also contact them.
      Jeslicania

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  3. Cierra ClevelandWednesday, May 28, 2014

    It was harder to blog this month due to studying for and taking finals. I was only able to volunteer at the Family Support and Treatment Center Crisis Nursery once this month for a few hours. This time was an interesting experience because I went on a Thursday afternoon. There were about 5 different children. We spent the time playing barbies, watching movies, painting, and playing ball. These kids taught me a little lesson in being patient and sharing with others. I love every time I get to go and be with them. I just felt bad that I didn't get a chance to go more often!

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    1. That is so sweet! Kids are the best teachers ever. Period. How did you find out about the Family Support and Treatment Center Crisis Nursery, and why did you pick them to volunteer with?

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  4. This last month I volunteered at Whittier and Nibley Park Elementary schools. It's the end of the school year for them, but I got my work study extended until the 30th of June.
    I would have to say my most rewarding experience this month was working with two of my kids at Nibley. Another volunteer was watching me work with my two kids. I was making up math games, and they were really enjoying them. When they walked out, she said, "You know they love you?" I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. The hardest part was saying good bye to them. I wanted so bad to continue meeting with them, or somehow contact them, but that's breaking professional boundaries. A hug would have been nice, but instead an awkward wave sufficed.
    The challenging experience related to my humanities class. I miss that class so much, it makes me want to take another even though it has nothing to do with my degree. Discussing ideas and critical thinking is now an important and fairly defined part of my life, but I really miss that class.
    Jeslicania

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  5. This month I volunteer once again with Comunidades Unidas and also with Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My most rewarding experience was getting to know more volunteers from the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Even though they come from Salt Lake Community College, I did not know them, but now I have different contacts to talk too. Since it was an event where people from other states that had high income, it was hard to treat them, because I was not aware of who they were. Sadly I was treated kind of bad by those rich people. Just because they have money, they believe they can treat volunteer pretty bad. It has not happen only with this community service, but with other places too. I do not know if I am the wrong one, or rich people are really stubborn. Sorry if I do offend someone, but it makes me sad and angry that as volunteers we give our time for free!! An some or most people treats us like if we are their employees as if we were getting pay.
    I was not taking classes during this summer, but I have learn to treat rich people and how to avoid they get angry at me, when I did not do anything wrong to them!

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  6. May was a pretty busy month for me, lots of friends graduating, weddings, birthdays, starting a summer job. But I still had the chance to work with my deaf ladies this month. They were great! each month we work on something new and I learn new signs because of that. I had a couple of them tell me that my signing has improved a lot recently. I enjoy working with them so much.

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  7. May was the busiest volunteering month for me! I volunteered around 7 times throughout the month, many were 9 hour shifts. I am so happy to say that I am officially done with my hours for Civically Engaged Scholars but I am still going to volunteer as much as I possibly can. I love the Maliheh Free Clinic, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to major in the medical field. You get a feel for what you will be doing and there are also opportunities for shadowing. I am currently just doing office work, but I would like to eventually receive a phlebotomy certificate.

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  8. During the month of May I did end up getting the position with Bestfirends!!!! My dream job, I can no longer volunteer for Best Friends as I am now an employee :) However I was very specific that I had to make sure I could still do my work with SL County Animal Services. I can <3 I continue to make the kennel cards for the cats inside the shelter and do the FB Cat Crusaders posts for each individual cat. I did get a bit crazy towards the end of the month with everything but I managed to get through it. The most rewarding part is seeing these cats get adopted. It is priceless to me to know that taking the time to help the shelter helps animals in my own community find a home. I am committed and determined to be part of the change for cats. we are at a great save rate for dogs but cats still need a great deal of help. Please consider volunteering for your local shelter or for Best Friends. To be able to help animals who have nothing to give but their unconditional love and appreciation is the most rewarding experience. To know that you saved one life, or were able to help them be loved is a blessing!~Jessica Vigos

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  9. School is over for the Spring 2014 semester, so that means Summer semester starts, as well as getting more involved with the Sandy city Police Explorers. I have been learning much in the Sandy city Police crime lab and in other Explorers duties. We are learning how to better serve our community by getting more involved in safety precautions, training children how to be safer, and teaching adults how to protect themselves and their children against criminals/criminal activity. This is a very vital community need that individuals face. If we can train others how to protect themselves, and we ourselves can work toward the same, we are in turn serving those in need.

    H.K.

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  10. i learn how to involve more with people
    ep

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