I reminisce on the many summers that I did not return home for summer vacations. I would work at Little Lake and on the weekends the students would sit outside relaxing and listening to music from Lisa Magee portable 8-track player. The generosity of the staff and how they loved us was a big deal to me. Uncle Paul (The cook) had so much trust in my
I just finished Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed and it really heartwarming to read. Cleverly Subtitle “ How (Not) To Get By In America,” The book is about Ehrenreich’s “adventures” in survival as a member of the low- wage workforce that serves our meals, cleans our homes, and cares for our elderly. The book divvied into three sections, each of which find’s Ehrenreich in a new location, looking for new work and a place to live., she took the job as a waitress at one restaurant before moving to a busier one attached to hotel. But exhaustion (and accompanying pain) got to her and she ended up with
Elizardo spent much her weekends watching her children at their sporting events. Elizardo also served as a coach for the local rec field hockey program. When not involved in sports, Elizardo loved to cook meals for her family and friends. Elizardo is preceded in death by her loving parents, Homer and Kelly Elizardo. She is survived by her brother, Matthew, husband, Tony, children, Lucas, Mark, and Avery, and their dog, Cooper.
Santa Cruz has proven to be a good place for Field Trip fodder, even though I mainly came to visit my friend and long-time S Cruz resident, Autumn. I arrived here Thursday morning, and decided to search the web for good happenings about town. First, I discovered the Homeless Garden Project. The Project was founded in 1990 with the aim of helping people who are homeless or formerly homeless transition into stable housing and work. The Project serves as a liaison to many systems of help, as well as providing several job training programs.
Well, it´s halfway over. The Holiday Rush, the cooking the cleaning, the over-flow of relatives and friends... Today, people are setting up their new appliances, furniture, and half-priced nick nacks around their houses and tending to their aching muscles and bruises caused by drop-kicking other shoppers on Black friday. Now, comes the less life-threatening rush of Cyber Monday. People are dusting off their keyboards and bookmarking their favorite online stores, patiently waiting for the precise moment to pounce. By this coming Tuesday, the maddness will finally be finished.
More importantly I fell in love with the people who worked with food, owned restaurants, and planned special events. I was hired as a pastry cook at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona but that wasn’t enough. I worked as a dishwasher, pantry cook, banquet cook, and line cook. I loved every second of being in the kitchen but all I could think about was being in the front of the house. During my sixteen hour shifts I would often think, what is the perfect job for me?
In my neighborhood, Denver Westwood, there is a scarcity of super markets. I have started volunteering for a program, call Re:Vision. Re:Vision helps families in the community, build urban garden in their homes. This helps increase hyper-local economy because many of the vegetables and fruits grown in the community gardens are sold at the “Mercadito”. I am very passionate about this, which is why I have decided to volunteer at the Mercadito every Saturday afternoon.
“We see these people everyday. They come in for a meal or come every couple of weeks to get their haircut and we build a bond with them.” Taina decided to help the community because she grew up in the Bronx and she wanted to stay to make a difference for the people who are less fortunate than she was. POTS is the largest emergency food provider in the Bronx, feeding people mornings, afternoon, and evening. Taina is responsible for what dishes they make every day and keeps track of the inventory of food. She tries to bring in a different style so the community can enjoy their meals instead of feeling like they’re in a prison eating the same meals day in and day out.
For this service-learning project, I decided to volunteer at Meals on Wheels in Rocky Mount. Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that deliver meals to individuals at home that are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. My grandmother who volunteers with them every Tuesday first introduced me to the program 10 years ago. Kara is a family friend who is the Director of Development for Meals on Wheels. She helped me get the volunteering opportunity.
I currently participate with my church in Rialto making meals for the homeless and are distribute every Sunday morning. We usually provide meals for about 250 homeless who are aware of our program and expect a meal every week. I also have free piano lessons at my church for children who attend the church and for those who do not. They do not need to be Christians in order to participate, because it is a way to keep children from trouble. After, I graduate I want to provide health care to areas of low resources for people who cannot afford expensive health care benefits.
For our Capstone project we served dinner at the Russell and Ann Gerdin Hope Lodge in Iowa City on Tuesday August 4, 2015. We choose the Hope Lodge after discussing previous capstone class projects and our desire, as nurses, to do a project for adults with illnesses. We focused on adults as that is the population we all work with in our day to day careers. With Matt and Heidi working in the Clinical Cancer Center infusion suite the Hope Lodge dinner seemed an appropriate choice. We all pitched in to serve the residents a home cooked meal.
While there, I spent a week remodeling a house for an elderly lady who receives Meals on Wheels. During that short week, I ripped up floors, painted walls, remodeled soffits and most importantly spent time with my homeowner. I learned about her past, her children, and her hobbies. My site team and homeowner became a family. I repaired the tangible and observable problems house while at Salkehatchie, but most importantly, I, with the help of my site, helped to heal the emotions of the homeowner herself, something that usually goes unnoticed.
Throughout last two years of High School in Canada, I was the leader of my school 's’ Service club. What It basically entailed was visiting different variety of old people 's homes, one of which specialised patient care for people with Dementia and Alzheimer 's. We also organised food drives and clothing drives. Once a week along with our school’s kitchen staff we cooked food for the homeless near our little town as my school was located in a small town/village. During my first and second year in college I concentrated mostly on children and food drives as well.
These visits from family are extremely meaningful to BK as she wants to fulfill the demands of her roles as mother and sibling. She visits the senior center to engage in social participation and leisure activities on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesday is the day paratransit will take her to the grocery store, with the last Tuesday of each month being a Walmart trip. Once a week the CNA will change out her medication box and handle all her medication management. With the leftover time in the day she engages in passive leisure and
My service hours consisted of coaching grade school cheerleading, volunteering for Snowflake (a retreat day for 8th grade students that is anti-drugs, anti-drinking, and anti-bullying and also attempts to bring the students closer to Christ). I worked in a soup kitchen and collected and distributed gifts at Christmas time for The Neighborhood House. I also organized many basket drives to collect food for the needy. I want to continue helping and serving others at UD. Over the past several years I have struggled with anxiety and depression.