Exactly one year ago, I cut and donated 10 inches to “Children With Hair Loss”. After sending in my hair last year, I felt so happy to be helping a little girl who has alopecia and is need of hair but couldn’t afford to buy a wig from anywhere. I decided to cut another 10… Continue reading Children With Hair Loss
One of the coolest things about training before Safari started was watching this video on “This is Water”. It touched on all the aspects of the world on how we go day by day, hour by hour, sometimes wishing the day to be over when we should be enjoying this blessing of the day arriving.… Continue reading Leadership Safari 2k15
SOC 221 was the most versatile class I have ever taken that really hit on every social issue there ever was or still is. This class was so great on educating the students on what we should be focusing on and helping with. She even had us do a volunteer opportunity and write a paper… Continue reading SOC 221
COM 461L was definitely the most diverse class I have taken at CMU as it addressed communication in leadership. I took my last class with LAS students learning about the theory and practice in leadership skills with the special emphasis on oral communication. This class examines leadership in both voluntary and non-voluntary organizations. COM 461L… Continue reading COM 461L
Issue Day is a one-day social justice and advocacy conference that is designed to educate and empower students to take action on a variety of social justice issues. Throughout the day, we got to chose presentations that interested us the most and become more educated on that social issue. The one that I went to… Continue reading Issue Day
My first Alternative Break Weekend and I am going as a site leader in charge of 8 eager (first timers or people that have only been on one other AB) CMU students…help. Luckily, I got put with my best friend Katie Rae as a site leader too (but she also was a first time weekend AB and site leader). Our two leadership styles and love for AB created a great atmosphere for the students though. November 20-22nd, the Alternative Break program sent all 10 of us to Detroit, MI to work with the social issue of Hunger and Homelessness. We worked with CASS Community Social Services that had us creating projects and working in the kitchen for a total of 10 volunteer hours. We started off with cooking in the kitchen Friday night (even though we weren’t suppose to do service that night) and helped cook food for lunch tomorrow. We made potato salad and bread, along with dancing and blaring to music. It was very hands on and fun but it was also eye-opening as we saw all the flaws that went into cooking the meals. We sorted papers Saturday morning and put them through this conveyor belt into a shredder which was tedious but enjoyable. Saturday evening we made mats from recycled tires and that was probably the part we all enjoyed the most. For making the mats, we had to follow this pattern of thin and thick, making sure it laid straight against the wall, putting beads in a specific pattern of every two rows, and making sure the smile was towards you or the frown was away from you (the way the tire rounded out) and slipping those through the wires and tight to the starting 3 lines. Sunday morning before we left we also were back in the kitchen making food before we left for lunch. I was really excited to go on this break and see the other side to being a person who has no home to go to. I was excited to learn about their past and stories but instead all I saw was a negative aspect of it. During lunch on Saturday, there was about 200-300 people in line for food in this room for 50. We were waiting at a table for everyone else to get their food but the guy who was in charge of us said that we need to get food after the woman and their children meaning to cut the line so we could get to service on time. We already felt uneasy about it but he insisted multiple times. So when we cut the long line of men, someone who was sitting down eating made the comment “white men get to eat first”. That really hurt us and made us feel judged when we were only there to help them. The next day we were back for breakfast and as we went to the kitchen to grab our plates, one girl stayed at the table because she wasn’t hungry. She later told me she was asked “why she was down here eating their food”. Once again, we felt judged and unwelcomed. But with those negative things aside there were many positives. During lunch on Saturday, a different church group came in to make food that was native to their culture. These people of Indian descent were very heart warming as they stuck to their beliefs and culture to pray over the food in front of all the judging homeless. They sang holding their hands out and we just sat and watched in amazement. We also visited the Heidelberg project and saw all the culture and love that went into that art culture. And we all learned about the amount of work and love that goes into helping these people. We made new relationships within our group and loved the break… Continue reading Alternative Break Weekend
The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center created a program revolving around having CMU students volunteer once a week to go to a elementary school near the Mount Pleasant community. We the students, go through the interview process and training once a week to prepare for working with young kids who have had a troubled life. The kids are chosen to be a part of the Lunch Buddies program if they are under-privileged, and need a mentor. I agreed to volunteer 16 hours all together of my Friday to helping this little boy, Levi. When I first met Levi, he ran away and tried to hide from me then told me he wanted a boy Lunch Buddy.So we started off on the wrong foot. Now I continue to go back because Levi is an exact replica of my brother when he was his age. Watched shows that weren’t appropriate for his age, would rather destroy the project than complete it, questions every question you ask him, and has to win every game (specifically four square for Levi, he bombs everyone so he can stay king and they just keep repeating through the squares). This puts a fire under me to make an impact on Levi and hopefully make a difference in his thoughts. My brother grew up needing a mentor and so I know that he could really use a positive influence on him too.