I learned a lot from the presentation, and it helped me understand the fact people like us who live in the first-world countries have the privilege over those who don't. While they are struggling with survival, we are enjoying the privileges we have.
The showcase I found most interesting and impactful was the Tea and Conversation presentation. This initiative was presented by Kiana Lee and a few other students. Their service learning project focused on visiting elderlies in elderly residential homes, interacting with them-through playing games and talking-, to ultimately develop a long term relationship. I think this was especially meaningful to me because I had started a service org in my high school that also centers around the elderly community. I think they are often a neglected part of society, and was very excited to hear that other students also noticed this problem and set out to give attention and care to the elderly.
I attended the panel called “Last Call and Community Engaged Consulting”. I learned that we should really take advantage of the resources provided at GW, to make our own business ideas become reality. Both of the founders for the two organizations were GW students, who received money to fund their business through the Case competition.
Insightful and interesting
I thought that my experience at the Symposium was great! It was really interesting during the 'first session' to see the documentaries about the Catholic Church scandals. I also thought that the 'second session' was interesting, as we learned about the company "Last Call", which is a low cost food app that restaurant give left over food to, and people are able to get that food for much lower prices or even for free.
I found the showcase presentation in room 302 to be most powerful to me because I learned about the experience of Spanish speakers living in a country where English is the primary language. I am from Texas which is near Mexico, and I, therefore, interact with a lot of Spanish speakers, and I have seen discrimination occur based on someone not knowing English. I am happy to see programs are in place in the DMV to educate and prevent this type of discrimination.
From 2:30-3:30 I attended the main conference room where I heard from older and former GW students about community engagement benefit businesses. I learned that actively engaging with the community not only benefits others but also ourselves, through teaching us skills and ideas and preparing us for future jobs.
The showcase presentation most impactful to me was in room 302, and it involved multiple students showing us their videos from their service learning courses. The service learning they did was with a Spanish class, and they worked in the community with Spanish speaking individuals. This was most impactful to me as I have been taking Spanish for many years, and I come from a neighborhood with many immigrants from Spanish speaking countries, who maybe are at a disadvantage of resources because they do not know English well. It was great to see the Spanish community being benefited here in D.C. by enthusiastic students.
From 2:30-3:30, I attended the session in 302 which was a video presentation as opposed to a poster board presentation. Something new I learned about community engaged scholarship is that It can be applied to a specific course subject, such as how the Spanish service learning courses helped Spanish communities in D.C. I had a great time at the symposium.
It was really nice to meet people from another community and interact with them.
I absolutely loved working with Martha's Table to hold Martha's Market on April 5th. All of the organizers were unbelievably friendly and welcoming and it was a truly fulfilling experience. I met so many wonderful members of a community I would not otherwise have had touch with, and I'm so grateful for that. I will absolutely be returning to Martha's Market.
Really enjoyed both helping load bags of food for, and interacting with the impoverished population of DC
It was amazing! Really cool to see direct impact on family's from the work of Martha's Table.
Working at the Joyful Food Market was a great experience. I have not been involved much in terms of volunteering since I arrived at college in August, so this was a very eye-opening opportunity for me as I also got to explore southeast DC and interact with people of all ages from the area. Working together with parents, grandparents, and children have allowed me to witness the joy our volunteering work yesterday brought to the community. Overall, this was a very joyful experience for me and I can't wait to participate in other Joyful Food Markets in the future!
I had a great time helping out at JC Nalle Elementary School as part of Martha's Table Joyful Food Markets! I helped everything run smoothly by setting up the market, handing out food and interacting with students and their families, and cleaning up the market after. I enjoyed getting to interact with a community I might otherwise have never come across. I loved feeling like I made a difference for these families and seeing the smiles on their faces. I probably will volunteer with Martha's Table again because I had such a great experience for the short 4 hours I was there.
My experience at Martha's Table was incredibly rewarding. As a volunteer, I was able to engage with residents of the DC community and escape my comfort zone. By helping out the less fortunate, I not only got the sense that I was helping those in need, but I was also immersing myself into a diverse environment I had never experienced before. By talking with individuals, I realized the true crisis of food insecurity in the United States. It is rarely talked about how many individuals go hungry every day due to unfortunate economic circumstances. By contributing a small part to Martha's Table, I was happy to help ease this burden for families in the D.C. area. I would certainly recommend volunteering here to anyone
Interesting and rewarding experience helping the less fortunate by providing a warm meal.
It was nice having enough food to serve to every person that walked through the door.
Today we went to So Others Might Eat, and assisted in their lunch shift. We helped serve lunch, pour coffee and milk, and clean up. Additionally, we chatted with those receiving food and gave smiles. Overall there were great attitudes and people at the location, and it was a great experience to talk to people going through tough times.
The experience was wonderful, I was mainly in charge of cooking for the samples.
The volunteer staff was super helpful and kind to all the volunteers. They answered any and all questions and made sure everyone was comfortable with the tasks they had been given.