Resource posted by: Sarah Westerman
Created on: December 29, 2011
At buildOn (www.buildOn.org) I work with local high school students in a community service capacity - most of the time I set up projects for them to attend on weekends and we go together as a group to volunteer.
Some students, however, are new to volunteering and/or do not have good transportation to my projects, and so sometimes I bring projects to my weekly afterschool meetings - this gives everyone an opportunity to do something for their community regardless of what constraints may keep them from attending events outside of school. We call this In-Meeting Service.
Some of the things we like to do are making fleece blankets for babies and young children; making friendship bracelets and decorating canvas bags for foster children; making bookmarks and cards for seniors, veterans, and disabled people; and making simple French/English or Spanish/English books to send to the countries where the students travel when we build schools.
I can never have too many projects to bring to my schools to keep everyone busy; in fact, I rarely have enough. Today, I am asking for two things from you:
1) If you work with an organization that could use the students' help on projects and which I could pick up, take to the school meetings to complete, and then bring back, please let me know. Some ideas are mailings, letter-writing campaigns, making posters, etc., but please don't limit us to only these things! One organization a few years ago asked us to create centerpieces for a New Years dinner out of materials they supplied. Another time we decorated printer-paper boxes to donate to an animal shelter for the kittens. Be creative! What does your organization need? I am interested in regular projects as well as one-time-only.
2) I am ALWAYS requesting materials for projects that we do often - some of my most desired items include
Please keep me in my during the new year and help me find convenient, meaningful opportunities for my students. It's so hard when I know they want to do something positive but they are limited by family reponsibilities or lack of transportation. Finally, please help me spread the word about the work I do with youth to organizations that might need our help!
Thank you for all that you do,