Thursday, January 26, 2017

Service Project Proposals #11-20

Proposal #11
“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Once a week me and my former high school Young Life leader would go out to the labor union down by Railroad Square and bring breakfast to them before they would go out and work.  This a good thing that I try to do every week but it’s hard to do when I have to wake up at 5:00 in the morning but it is a small price to pay when I get to bring these people their food to get through the morning. These people that I bring food to are people who do hard work that no one really wants to do and bringing them food and make them smile before they go to work makes it all worth it.
Proposal #11 Approved!

Proposal #12
            I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
For my service project I will be teaming up with another class mate and helping out at the veteran’s dinner, the student and I worked at the same restaurant so could have the dinner catered. I want to be able to give back to the people that have done things for me without question or just for the betterment of this great country. In the time I am able to give I would love to be able to give back to them at least by helping give a meal and spend time with the. I think that this will only be a small stepping stone to doing greater service time but is still a huge thing to the veterans to have more interaction and a new variety of food. If I am able to help contribute to that them I am grateful to be given the opportunity for it. I have done service projects in the past where it wasn’t as much of a service but with helping to feed I feel is a service that is a necessity. Also with being able to team up with another student and bring along a catered meal to the veterans I think could be a unique experience and a fun time for all. I know everyone that tries the food will love it and it will be delicious and hopefully there will be some cool stories that will be shared at the dinner. I am looking forward to this project and being able to work together in providing this meal and cannot wait for the dinner to come, it’s a necessary service that im glad to be a part of.
Proposal #12 Approved
Proposal #13
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. -Mahatma Gandhi
Service was never a word I really fully understood for most of my life. I thought it was some type of hassle like many high school students. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that my view on what service was really changed. All of high school I volunteered countless hours and did many so called “service projects”. But half way through the year my mother, a full time stay at home mom for the past eighteen years so my life, decided she was going to go to work. She then started to work for a company called Mission BBQ as their catering director.    
That’s where it all started, Mission BBQ. The company’s motto is to “serve those who serve and protect”. The company provides food for all first responders whenever they ask, and give all active military and veterans discounts and free food. Not to mention giving back every month to veteran foundations from restaurant sales. I soon started getting involved with many events that they did solely because my mom said I had too.  But this year while I’ve been away at college I made it a point to do something to give back every time I come home. Thanksgiving day my family and one other took food to four firehouses in our community because they have to protect the community while everyone else is spending the holiday with their families. During Christmas, I unloaded over seven hundred wreaths and loaded them in a truck to be placed on all of the fallen soldier’s graves. And on Christmas day my family went to two different police stations to provide them with food while they spend their Christmas at work. This really has opened my eyes to how amazing our first responders and military are and has made me not go do these things because I was told to, but because now I want too.
So for my Service Project I want to do just that. I plan on going to Mission BBQ and purchasing enough food for two local fire stations. And I would really like to do this at least twice during this semester. The smiles on their faces is my favorite part when they realize they don’t have to cook for a night or two. Not only is this something that I have grown to love to do, but thanks to Mission BBQ I have such an enormous amount of respect and understand for all our military and first responders. Which makes me realize how fortunate I am to do this for them when spend their lives fighting and protecting for me.

Proposal #13 Approved

Proposal #14
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others". - Audrey Hepburn  

As my service project I would love to feed the homeless and veterans at Veterans Village in the local Tallahassee community. For my microeconomics class last semester my teacher offered extra credit where I cooked corn casserole and brought it to Veterans Village. Preparing and delivering a meal for the veterans was such a simple yet rewarding task given that the happiness it brought them made every second spent on this task worth it. After my experience, I came to the realization that I would love to be able to go beyond just delivery of the meals and minimal interaction with these veterans. Being able to spend time with and serve these individuals the food I cook is something I would thoroughly enjoy. I pride myself on having strong people skills and therefore think that conversing with the veterans and hearing their experiences would make it that much more impactful. This act would also leave me feeling grateful for all that I have. I think it's awesome that right in our community there is a place where Veterans and others can go and give them a sense of community and shows that we're all there to support them and thank them for all that they sacrificed for our country. All in all I think going and interacting with people that I’m not usually exposed to will leave me with a positive outlook on live. I think everyone should go somewhere in order to remind yourself that not everyone is as fortunate as others, and that you need to wake up very day being thankful for what you have.
Proposal #14 Approved
Proposal #15
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi.
My service project is to begin a book club on TCC’s campus where anyone that wants to be a part of it, even if they don’t have a copy of the book that is being discussed. The club would provide the books to all of its members and we would meet once a week in the library for one hour.
The reason I want to start this club is because of my love for books and the fact that my generation never picks up a book and gets lost in its beauty. When I was little I never really liked to read, never had an interest in it. But that all changed when I moved to Tennessee in seventh grade. I was the new kid in school so I didn’t have any friends. I had the Twilight series at home so I picked the first one up and just got lost in the pages, I felt like I had become friends with the characters. Books made me not feel so alone at school until I made some friends. Since then I have loved reading and have craved to get lost in the story.
What I want people to get out of this club is for them to know that this is a safe place and we will not judge them for being a “book nerd”, we all are in our own way. I’m hoping this will help people that are having trouble making friends at TCC to make friends in the club and we will become a family together. I know the feeling of be alone even though you are in a crowd of people and how hard that is. For the people that feel the same way I do, I want them to come to the book club and feel wanted and not alone.
We would meet in the library once a week for an hour and discuss a chapter or two.  Like I said we would provide a copy of the book we are reading that semester to each member, if they don’t already have a copy. Some books that we could read are the first book of Unwind, the first book of Matched, the book Atlantia, the first book of The Hunger Games, or any book that is suggested.
All of this started when I let Dr. Soldani borrow a book of mine and how happy she was to get to read the book. Thank you, Dr., Soldani for this idea, I love it. This idea really hits home and I’m glad I have this opportunity now.
Lately, I’ve seen way too many homeless people on the side of the road with no one helping them. Mainly, on Tennessee Street right next to Walmart. I instantly start feeling bad for them every time I see them because nobody seems to acknowledge them anymore or even care that they are struggling. Giving back to the community would be a great way to spread positivity in somebody life because being on the side of the road with no help could be your close family, or even you one day. The idea I came up with was getting 10 dollar Walmart gift cards with inspirational cards to help them get something to eat or a new shirt or even essentials they truly need. I want to do it just so they can know it is some good people out there in the world that is willing to help others in need. I do not expect them to thank me for doing it, just them receiving such a small gift will mean a lot to me because I know that I did what I could do for them. This service project will help all of us in class to give back and make somebody life better even in the smallest way. I feel honored to take apart of this service project in college because I use to do it all the time in high school. Being able to take a part of multiple service projects like feeding the homeless at the shelter, going to America’s Second Harvest to organized perishable products for people in need and being able to visit Going Places where homeless youth come when they do not have anywhere else to go was many incredible experiences that I will cherish forever.  I feel like this service project needs to be done because people never know what others are going through or how bad their life is right now. The little things people do for people will not go unnoticed even if we think it will. The things anybody do in this service protect could be a part of history.  “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” - Michelle Obama This quote is not only inspiring but it is very true also. It is so many different things to do in life, so many problems in the world that Americans can help solve even if it something so simple. So much history can be made in the world if a lot of people start realizing how important it is to give back to the world and other Americans around them. Personally, I will be very happy to give back to somebody less fortunate than I am instead of me not doing anything at all in the community to help them.
Proposal #16: Approved - We will be collecting items like Walmart shirts and giftcards for homeless Veterans in April, I’d love for you to be a leader in that if you’d like to!

Proposal #17
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou.  This quote is so very relevant to my line of work, and it touches my heart on a deep level.   I am a makeup artist for a cosmetics company named Bobbi Brown, and my job is not simply to sell makeup, but rather to empower women and to make them feel beautiful in their own skin.  I am also a Studio Art major and the artistry aspect of my profession is right up my alley.  This is my passion.   I draw graphite portraits on my downtime.   It is one of the most rewarding feelings when a patron commissions a piece and they are satisfied with my work.  When I make someone feel good about themselves – that's the real reward.   I want more people in my community and in my world to feel that way, and to be filled with happiness and joy more often.  For my service project, I'd like to give people the experience of feeling good about themselves, or even just feeling joy in general.  I plan to set my drawing materials up, in an area that will allow it, and provide people with free portraits.  I'll give anyone a person to talk to, laugh with or even to cry with.  I want to learn about others and hear about what makes them happy.  What makes their eyes sparkle.  A large portion of my job is just listening to people.  Whether people realize it or not, oftentimes their hair stylist or makeup artist can act as a therapist as well.  I listen to some of the most incredible stories every day.  I think this should be done because having a person to which one can talk can make a real impact on someone's bad day, or even on their rough life.  The portrait in the end will simply be a way for people to remember the day when someone gave them a chance to have a voice with which they could rant, laugh, or even cry.  I plan to incorporate people's passions into their portraits.  The things that make them the happiest.  That end reveal will be so worth it.  Seeing the model's face light up and to see the joy rapidly spread across their expression.  That is what I hope to accomplish from this project.  It may be a really small way of impacting the world, but each individual person matters and if I can impact even just one individual person positively in doing this, then I will, indeed, have impacted the world and that alone is enough to me.

Proposal #17: APPROVED!
Proposal #18
“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”- Ellen DeGeneres.

            Everyone goes through depression and rough times, from children to adults. With the help and compassion from another individual can bring up the spirit of the person who is depressed. Refugees go through a lot of depression due to violence within the country and execution. Corrupt government can’t do anything to protect the safety of families and stop the life threating events. Counties like Syria, have more than 4 million refugees. Over 50 Syrians families per days are fleeing to Greece and to the United States where compassionate individuals welcome them ("Why Get Involved"). I want to be one of those individuals. I want to uplift refugees by creating their homes in America.
            Tallahassee is a city where individuals can help refugees feel like home. The International Rescue Committee is good way to start. The IRC is an organization that helps refugees with the help of the U.S government. Local Volunteers are more than welcome to help. One-way is to help rebuild their lives by building their new home. I would donate my time to help the IRC contribute to the making of a new home. I would use my skills as a landscaper to make the yard look like the season of spring. I could use my hard working labor skills to help set up furniture and move out unwanted items. Since I am not employed, I have more time to dedicate my service to the IRC.
            My motives to wanting to help the Refugees are similar to past experience. On December 2016, I went to Mexico to visit family members that I haven’t seen in over 8 years. During my visit, I saw rough things that I, an American teenager, take for granted of what I have. I saw young kids at ages around 7 selling gum, fireworks, and clothing to make enough money to eat throughout the day. I saw families on the streets sleeping without roofs over their heads. I know not all can be done to save these people who are in great depression but at least of care can lighting their spirit. I took action and bought one kid his lunch. He asked me that I was the first person to ever do something nice to him. He offered me free fireworks but I gave him triple the amount he was selling them for. Seeing his face smile lifted my heart to do more. Me helping refugees would be like helping the youngster in Mexico.
            In conclusion my service project would be me helping to fix the new homes of the new refugees. I want to bring joy, happiness, and kindness to their new home. Not only could help by fixing the house, but I can also go pick up the new refugees and take them to their new home. I could create uplifting conversations with laughter and happiness to make them forget the hardships these humans have suffered.
Proposal #18 Approved
Proposal #19
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi
In the second harvest service learning project, I did last semester leadership was very important. Putting food in different sections is civic engagement. It feels good helping people who have problems getting or can’t get food at all. I must coordinate with my group with a to complete plethora of tasks. Leadership is important in this situation because a leader must keep order or we wouldn’t get anything and everything would be in shambles. Working together as a group makes the job easier for everyone. Civic engagement relates to my service project because food donations help the community and people’s way life. Having enough food is essential to everyone and being a leader by doing what I can to assist those who food insecurities is important to me. Last semester I volunteered at the big second harvest, it is important to service learning because the group needs specific goals that they can set to accomplish. If the organization doesn’t have any goals, then there wouldn’t be a purpose to do anything. Your leader needs to first and foremost set the goals your group hopes to accomplish. This relates to service learning because in my group we had goals in the second harvest by helping the warehouse. I did things like dry sorting food from different grocery stores like Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Piggy wiggly. My main goal was to help the second harvest and help families with food insecurities because no one deserves to go hungry. I think taking time and helping others is a great example of leadership and having goals asset people who may be less fortunate or might not be able to the amount of food that makes them comfortable. Being a good leader in a service learning project is essential to the group because the things you must do within the second harvest. If you don’t have a good foundation of leadership in the service learning, you won’t get anything done and there would be chaos within the group causing you to not get anything done which isn’t going be good for you or the organization. Sorting vegetables and bread is some of the other activities we did in the warehouse. We had to work together as group to sort the food in the right places. The good thing about the work that it wasn’t difficult or time consuming so there weren’t mistakes made when doing it. The job does require civic engagement and civic reasonability to do everything correctly. They usually tell us to throw away the bad food since they can’t give that to anyone but I think some of it can be salvaged like the canned goods. I hoped my work with food donations at the second harvest really helped someone that needs it.
Proposal #19 – Unclear on what you are proposing to do this semester.
Proposal #20
Audrey Hepburn once stated, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” As humans, this quote should make us all feel something inside us. I feel one of our main reasons for being here is to help others and make any kind of positive difference in a life that you can. I have been raised to always do for others and in return you will be blessed. When we were asked to do this service project I wanted to really pick a place that meant something to me. That is why the focus of my project revolves around The Hospice House on Riggins road.
    My idea is that I will bake a large number of treats (I’m currently leaning towards cookies) and prepare a thank you card for them to deliver. I know that the entire staff there is constantly having to deal with death and distraught families. I know it has to be a hard job for them to do at times but their passion keeps them going. My hope is that by delivering this gift that they can all have, it will add a little brightness to the gloomy day they may be having. While you do not have as much time to get attached to patients at Hospice House, anybody with a heart would feel sadness every time a family’s life falls apart.
    The passion I have behind this service project is I have had many experiences with Hospice House my entire life. It started as a toddler with my mom. To this day, I can still vaguely remember one of the nurses who used to take me around the outside patio when I was visiting my mom, but they needed me to step out for medicine, vitals, etc. After this I remember my grandfather having in home hospice care after his accident, and closer to the time of his death. I never met one in-home caretaker that was not pleasant to be around. Their job could make their outlook on life so bad, yet they continue to be strong and smile.
     A couple that was our family friends, but also like a set of grandparents to me needed Hospice. Mr. Tom was the first one who needed their assistance and he was put into Hospice House. I remember going to say our goodbyes and walking into the room with a music therapist in there. He was already unresponsive, yet this amazing woman took time out of her day to come play for him. All his daughters at one point joined in singing, and he, for one of the last times got to hear the beauty of music. About a year later his wife needed in-home hospice care and they were, once again, absolutely phenomenal with their care.
     Overall, Hospice House is somewhere that has had a major impact on me and my family. The people I mentioned before are not even everybody. I want to be a light in the world and shine as bright as I can. Hopefully, through this small deed I will be able to lighten up somebody’s life, even if it is only for a little while. These people are constantly thinking of others and of ways to comfort them, and I am ecstatic to be able to show my gratitude to them. John F. Kennedy said it well when he stated, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” I hope that I can show my appreciation with my small gift to them, but I also hope from seeing these people’s dedication that I will show my appreciation for all the people around me by the actions I partake in.

Proposal #20 Approved