Service Stories

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Ronald McDonald House

Monique - Statesboro, Georgia - August 18, 2017
Total Volunteers:
3
Total Hours Served
80
This project was centered around building hope and momentum for the children and families that are dealing with Pediatric terminal illnesses.

Amazing Angels Pageant

Paula - Columbus, Georgia - August 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
76
Total Hours Served
5670.25
Amazing Angel Pageant a day of self esteem for Elementary and Middle School Girls. The Girls begin the day with a getting to know you party with games. A workshop about self esteem and bully prevention. A dance lesson for the opening number of the pageant. A Modeling session for the young girls. Public Speaking session and personal introduction. A parent session to explain about how girls can get involved in pageants and how pageants are the largest giver of scholarships for girls. The girls experienced being in a pageant. Each girl received a tiara, sash and trophy and encouraged to do volunteer work to help the community. After the pageant the contestants experienced and photo shoot to remember the experience. The contestants and family had lunch and snacks. The girls prize package included Chick-a-Fila lunch card, pearls, tiara, trophy, sash, flowers, pink t-shirts, personalized name tags, certificates.

Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep

Taja - Coral Springs, Florida - August 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
96
Members if the community come to the beach to reduce the amount of litter.

NHS highway clean up

Kaiah - Eagar, Arizona - August 16, 2017
Total Volunteers:
41
Total Hours Served
12
I along with other students in NHS went to the outskirts of out town and cleaned trash off of the highway and surrounding areas.

Valentine Grams

Stacey - Indianapolis, Indiana - August 13, 2017
Total Volunteers:
10
Total Hours Served
54
Student Council sold Valentine Grams for $1 each. The money raised was given to the Matsiko Orphan Choir that comes to our school & sings in May. We also collected offering for them our 3rd quarter of school during chapels. We were able to give them $400 thanks to your generous donation of $250 to purchase the candy bars that came with the grams. It was a great project that promoted kindness from student to student as well as to orphan children in the choir. The students were in charge of designing the Valentine Grams, selling the grams before school, organizing the grams after school & delivering the grams on Valentine's Day.

ASL Cares

Courtney - Valparaiso, Indiana - August 11, 2017
Total Volunteers:
22
Total Hours Served
334.5
The American Sign Language Club at John Simatovich Elementary school wanted to find a way to reach out to the local community. During ASL Club the students learn different ways to communicate to each other non-verbally. Students found that this means of communication was not only enjoyable but just as effective as talking. ASL Club wanted to make sign language accessible for the rest of the school and for the community. With the grant that we received we were able to purchase playground equipment that has the alphabet in sign language. Students at recess will be able to practice signing and families that visit the school playgound can practice as well. This is going to make out community and playground a learning experience for everyone!

Family Volunteer Day

Ahdis - Greenville, Mississippi - August 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
37
Total Hours Served
536
Disney sponsored Family Volunteer Day event. I planned,organized for passing out winter wear at a health and wellness event.

Family Volunteer Day

Ahdis - Greenville, Mississippi - August 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
37
Total Hours Served
536
Disney sponsored Family Volunteer Day. I partnered with Coleman Middle School, Local Organizing Committee to implement the grant.

Delta Blues Festival Kick Off

Ahdis - Greenville, Mississippi - August 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
36
Total Hours Served
6018
I worked at the concession stand for the annual MS Heritage and Blues Festival.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Megan - Magnolia, New Jersey - August 6, 2017
Total Volunteers:
9
Total Hours Served
45
Raised $170 in memory of Nico at National Night Out. Participants: Molly B Paige Jaime Allison Morgan Adults: Michelle Megan Shawn

Memphis

Ahdis - Greenville, Mississippi - August 5, 2017
Total Volunteers:
35
Total Hours Served
6350
Volunteer actress for Delta Center Stage, community theatre. Played multiple roles.

Greenville National Night Out

Ahdis - Greenville, Mississippi - August 5, 2017
Total Volunteers:
33
Total Hours Served
3009
Helped to pass out school supplies to the community at Greenville National Night Out.

The Wiz

Ahdis - Greenville, Mississippi - August 5, 2017
Total Volunteers:
161
Total Hours Served
21000
Volunteer actress for Delta Center Stage,Greenville, MS , Summer Youth Community theatre production. Played the role of" Scarecrow ".

Harlingen Humane Society

Madison - La Feria, Texas - August 3, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
6
To help animals in any way possible and make sure they have a second chance.

Volunteer at Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)

Mark - Danville, California - August 3, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
64
Spent five days volunteering at a community clinic 5 kilometers outside of San Jose, Costa Rica named Project Alajuelita. The clinic serves medically indigent people that are from Honduras and Nicaragua, comprised largely of woman and children. I spent the first day volunteering at the front office taking blood pressure and inputting data into a database. The second day I shadowed the doctor examining patients. The next day I worked at the pharmacy to help dispense medication and inform patients about dosage and frequency. I also worked on a community outreach project consisting of a poster to promote healthy eating for prevention of diabetes. On the fourth and final day I shadowed the doctor again.

Farmer's Market

Amber - Sandusky, Ohio - August 3, 2017
Total Volunteers:
12
Total Hours Served
4
Kids painted flower pots and planting vegetable seeds at their local Farmer's Market. We learned about healthy growing, eating and buying with the activity.

Advocacy for Safe Streets

Jennifer - Dayton, Ohio - August 3, 2017
Total Volunteers:
65
Total Hours Served
658
Students collected signatures for a petition presented to the eThekwini Municipality to address the issue on speeding on a roadway in their communities. One group worked in the Sydenham community and the second group worked in the Umlazi community. In both areas young children have lost their lives to excessive speed on these roads. The students met with a city councilman to present their signatures.They also made signs to promote safety and shared them with drivers on the selected roadways. The Councilman presented the petitions to City Council. (Project was led by Jennifer Subban and Neil Daniels)

Advocacy for Safe Streets

Jennifer - Dayton, Ohio - August 3, 2017
Total Volunteers:
35
Total Hours Served
358
Students collected signatures for a petition presented to the eThekwini Municipality to address the issue on speeding on a roadway in their communities. One group worked in the Sydenham community and the second group worked in the Umlazi community. In both areas young children have lost their lives to excessive speed on these roads. The students met with a city councilman to present their signatures.They also made signs to promote safety and shared them with drivers on the selected roadways. The Councilman presented the petitions to City Council.

Weave Placemats

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 30, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
46
The LEADERS age 11-14 years old wove placemats from plastic bags for the homeless.

Pick Up Litter

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 30, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
46
The LEADERS picked up trash around the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center.

5&6 turn trash into treasure

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
21
Total Hours Served
1
made a craft out of used lunch boxes.

5&6 recycle

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
31
Total Hours Served
46.5
recycled paper and bottles from offices upstairs.

Family History Night

Sarah - Fairland, Indiana - July 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
122
Total Hours Served
1536
Students spent two weeks researching their family history and learning about local history from senior citizens. Select students visited the Walker House to interview its residents and incorporate their stories into our Family History Night. All students created a family tree, timeline, or scrapbook to present to the community. This culminated in Family History Night where we hosted family members, Walker House residents, and the local community. Students presented the works they had created.

Garden Preparing for the Community

Amber - Fort Wayne, Indiana - July 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
40
Total Hours Served
435
We have our garden up and running. Over the summer of 2017 students have: researched, analyzed, and decided on plants the they would like to see in our school garden. Students have made a google slide document to share. Eel River staff members and students have volunteered their time to remove old soil from garden beds, add new soil to garden beds, and till the garden for planting preparation. Community volunteers, DeWald Gardens and Stuckey's Greenhouses, along with staff members, supported the garden with their generous flower and produce donations. All of the garden plants have been planted. The community reaction is phenomenal! Our garden may have gone unnoticed before, but now it is shining with pride and beauty. When I am watering on a daily basis, I am receiving many compliments from people walking by. The local newspaper, The Northwest News and Printing, visited the garden and wrote a wonderful publication. Since planting the following has been occurring almost daily: weeding, watering, and harvesting. Students have volunteered to make creative garden markers to help display the plant names. We are excited to start our projects this school year with what we are growing!

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Chelsea - Broomfield, Colorado - July 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
10
Total Hours Served
28
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