Impacting Local and Global Communities Through Service

Posted by on May 31, 2012

It has been a great quarter for Service and Applied Learning in Elk River!
There have been many success stories and I’m excited to share a few of them!

In addition to the wonderful projects that are taking place in many core courses on campus, there have been some incredible experiences in Global Citizenship as well.  The students have focused on three separate and unique projects:  Feed My Starving
Children, Neighborhood Watch and the Monticello Veterinary Clinic.

Feed My Starving Children, with three locations in Minnesota, is an organization focused on the mission of “Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit” (fmsc.org,
2012).  The organization has created an assembly-line process of packaging nutritious food that can be sent to countries and people in-need.  They are always looking for volunteers who are willing and able to devote 2 hours of their time to packaging these meals which can feed children for many weeks.

Students participated in a packing shift on May 17th and had a great experience.  They commented on how much fun and easy it was to volunteer while making a huge impact on the global community.

Another student group took on a new project this quarter which involved setting up a Neighborhood Watch program for a local neighborhood.  The group researched
Neighborhood Watch programs and spent a night touring the neighborhood on the
look-out for trouble spots and areas that the residents should be aware of.  They learned a lot from the experience and the leaders of the association were very excited to have their
help.  Kudos to this group for thinking outside the box!

The last group worked with Monticello Pet Hospital and participated in a garage sale and open house at their new location.  The events supported the hospital and their partnership with Ruff Start Rescue.  The students were able to assist in many areas throughout the day on Saturday, May 19th.  The students even had an opportunity to partake in the festivities when they were done with their shifts.

Lisa Turner, a student in the group, appreciated the experience immensely. She expressed that she “…really enjoyed working with the Monticello Pet Hospital. I enjoyed helping run
their donations-based garage sale and…helping run the bouncy house at their new
hospital site.”  She also felt that “it was a great opportunity to meet community members, ask questions about their animals, meet adoptable and foster dogs looking for new homes, and connect with the people that care for them so greatly.”

These projects emphasize the importance of service learning and the impact that can be made each quarter.  The students in each group have provided a great service to their local and global communities while gaining knowledge and experience that can never be taken away.
Turner agrees that this “…has opened her eyes to being a true member of a community, many communities, networking with members of different organizations and working toward common goals.”  She states that it was “an experience [she]
won’t soon forget!”


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