Why Children's Hospital
Since elementary school I have always been very involved in a number of activities, specifically including activities that were centered on community service in the area. My junior and senior year of high school I was a member of National Honor society, where each member was required to complete at least 40 hours of community service in and out of the school per semester. Another organization I was apart of that was a big part of my life was a program called â€śSummer Stretchâ€? at my church, St. Joseph the Worker. This program focused on giving back but having fun too, so once a week each group would go to different sites in the morning for 4 hours and after lunch the whole program would do a fun activity such as water parks, Valley Fair, blowing, or the Mall of America. Some of the sites we went to were different homeless shelters, food shelves, hospitals, nursing homes, battered women shelters, daycares, foster homes, and etc. I was a member and leader of this program from 6th grade through 12th grade. In all, I am very familiar with community organizations and volunteering, and was looking forward to the service learning aspect of English Composition 1016.
When going through the list of which organization I was to choose from for this project, I was very unsure of which path I wanted to take. I was really interested in tutoring kids or adults, but in the past I always wanted to volunteer at a hospital, either with children or adults. Through my process of choosing I decided to just go with the organization that worked best with my schedule, and one I could have the option of being involved with beyond just this course. I chose the childrenâ€™s hospitalâ€”although I am still in the application process, I am really looking forward to the hours I will spend there with the kids and just helping in every way. This organization will also be easy to stay with into the summer and next year because it is so close to my home.