Joyce, Sally, Shirley, Jen, and Britney volunteered at the 2019 Light the Night on October 26th. They acted as tent concierges in which they were assigned different parts of the event with donators in their respective tents. They would assist the donators/teams by helping them grab any extra lanterns, t-shirts, and or wristbands they need. Once the walk ended, they cheered the walkers at the finish line and then helped disassemble the tents. The service was important in helping make the event successful for everyone. The walk itself is a great cause in creating, supporting, and remembering those battling against cancer - specifically Leukemia and Lymphoma - by lighting the night with lanterns.
Rynn, Sally, Britney, and Angel volunteered for WABA at DC Open Streets on October 5th. They encouraged and cheered on bikers to use the protected bike lanes that WABA created using hay, pumpkins, and string. This service was important in helping raise awareness that biking should and can be fun and safe. By being the first contact bikers have with the protected bike lanes, our encouragement and excitement made the community feel happier and use the bike lanes.
Sally, Shirley, Risako, Jen, Britney, and Angel participated in the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service's Design Day: Together Creating Solutions to the Immigration Crisis on October 4th. They were split into different teams so that they would work with different people with different backgrounds and knowledge. Together, each group created a solution or something that would raise awareness about the immigration crisis, whether it be through education or social media and empathizing. Using what they learned from the guest speakers, they got to enjoy designing solutions to a very relevant problem.
Sally, Risako, Madeline, and Britney volunteered at the Craft Arts & Makers Festival on September 29th. They helped check in pre-registered ticket holders throughout the event. This service was important because this event required all the resources and staff they could get to put everything together and showcase artists' works and small businesses to enhance the art, culture, and community of DC.
Jen, Britney, and Angel hosted prospective high school students from September 21st to September 23rd. They were each assigned a high school senior from around the nation to accommodate for two nights and two and half days. They were responsible for introducing the students to GW, showing them around the DC area, getting to know them, helping them with the college process, and expressing our interests in cultural diversity and inclusion on our campus. Our service was important in helping these students find a home away from home and understand the values GW holds in being diverse and open.
Madeline, Jen, and Britney helped clean the Store by wiping down all the shelves, sweeping the floors, organizing the cans, cleaning the refrigerators, throwing out the trash, and organizing the clothes rack. The service was important in helping the Store maintain cleanliness and organization. They helped the organization in finding problems they had to address with sanitation and maintenance in order to minimize food waste and prevent giving spoiled food to students who need them.
It was a great experience to see how the Store functions as I had only ever heard about it but never actually been until now. The function and purpose of the Store is truly amazing and demonstrates the importance in understanding the problem with food insecurity for college students.
The symposium was really interesting to learn that there are other students not in FYDP and professors who actively engage with the community in different types of ways.