06 August 2014

Civically Engaged Scholar August 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?

9 comments:

  1. I volunteered at the Maliheh Free Clinic this month and was in the process of volunteering at the University of Utah Hospital. I was in Sean's summer class also! I really enjoyed the class. Unfortunately July was probably the busiest month I have had in a long time so I had to miss more classes than I would have liked to. But I really appreciated the topics that we learned about and the fun and casual learning environment. I think like I said before, it's hard to find time to regularly volunteer with so many other things going on in life. I hate that life demands so much money, which causes work to be at the top of the priority list. I would much rather be able to volunteer as much as I work, if not more.

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  2. August has been a very fast paced month for me. I have spent my time volunteering for a family member. In recent months past she was diagnosed with osteoporosis and has broken her back in three places. Aside from the emotional costs of volunteering for a loved one I have gained so much aspiration for life and using every minute it has to offer. In witnessing her refute and deny her comfy bed, watching her force her self to stay mobile and active. I too have broken barriers I was unaware I had. The saying is true, "you can't keep a good dog down." This women is literally broken and has managed to inspire me to enroll in a Kickboxing class. I end my days with legs aching and arms dragging but I still manage to stand up a little taller with her in mind. The hardest part of volunteering for a loved one is seeing them struggle. She manages to hide her pain from me shield me from it in some way. Even if I could see it her drive and spirit blind out the agony. This experience has sparked new interest in other areas of service. Because of her I am wanting to venture out into elderly homes and escape my comfort zones and fill my days making people laugh and enjoy life by staying active The main thing I have learned in this, is to not let the bad stuff get you down. No matter how crappy you feel, just - get up, and do something, anything and sooner or later the crappy feeling is less noticeable and you can smile again.

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  3. Life has been pretty crazy lately so I finally have time to document my volunteer work for August. I was able to volunteer at the Family Support and Treatment Center in the Crisis Nursery. I got a text asking if I would be able to come in and so I said yes. I remember I was the only volunteer aside from the house parents and I met some new kids as well as got to see some familiar faces. I took my time getting to spend time and talk with each of the 8 kids. There was one boy whose name was Keegan. He was about 10 years old and he looked as though he had a mental issue. His head was shaved as if someone took a clipper and shaved one line down the middle of his head. And his pants looked as if he wet them. But I still played with him and got to know his likes/ dislikes. It made me think of how some people don't know how to address a mental/ physical disability and how that reaction can become a negative one. I have no idea of his family situation but he seemed grateful for my attention.

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  4. life is great!
    -Amber R

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  5. hello everyone. I volunteer at the malehie free clinic

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  6. This last month I was able to continue working with the Deaf people I have come to know over the last few months. One of the ladies I have been working with was explaining to someone new who I was. She told the new person that I wasn't Deaf but I was a good person. That actually made me feel really good because the Deaf community doesn't allow a lot of people into it, so for her to say that meant she was accepting my being there.

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  7. Life has been great, I recently got engaged to a guy I have been friends with since I was in high school. I have been busy working and going to school. I have recently moved out so it has been hard to find time to volunteer between going to school full-time and also working full-time. I'm just trying to find somewhere I can volunteer this semester on the weekends for a service-learning class, and I hopefully will take a few days over breaks to volunteer for some more hours as well.

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  8. This month I continued to volunteer with the Maliheh Clinic. I seem to love that place more with every shift that I have. I am there twice a week now on most weeks, and that helps me to stay on top of what is going on in the clinic. In August I also found Inspiration Hospice, and attended their training to become a Certified Hospice Volunteer. I am convinced that this hospice is a one of the leading in the nation. The way that they care for each patient, and go well above and beyond the minimum requirements for a hospice, is incredible. I am very glad to have found this place, and look forward to my time there.

    One of the most rewarding things this month was a mix of being recognized by others at the clinic as a reliable person that gets things done, and all of the genuine gratitude from our patients. I am on my way to becoming an asset, and that really feels great. The most challenging thing in August was part of the Certified Hospice Volunteer training. There were very personal exercises and simulations they used to evaluate our relationship with death, dying, and loss in general. Although very helpful, a few of these were difficult to get through.

    For now, I am learning just a tiny bit about how the government acts upon the organizations that I volunteer with, and this applies directly to my Political Science class.

    - L. A.

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  9. During this month, I have volunteered at the Utah Aids Foundation. This is where I spend most of my volunteering time. My most rewarding experience was when I got to do "intake" at my volunteer site. People kept telling me how they were surprised that the entire test site was all volunteer-based. During this time, I was the first face that they got to see. They were in a very vulnerable spot, especially right before they were being tested for HIV/AIDS/STIs. I was glad that I was able to make the people that were going to be tested feel comfortable. The most challenging experience was not being able to give advice or speak my opinion. It is hard because when they are telling me about why they are being tested, people often ask for advice, and it really isn't my place, or professional to give my opinion. The only class that I could relate this experience to is my Sociology class.

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