Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa
“It’s impossible to help others without being changed by it.”
Project GOLD is an initiative in the College of Education at West Liberty University matching students interested in volunteer work and service learning with non-profit organizations in the tri-state region. After selecting the organization from our list of community partners, the students commit to a semester of volunteer work; the students are concurrently enrolled in a 3-hour credit course in the College of Education requiring they document and reflect upon the experience.
EDUC 478: Special Topics: Community-Based Service Learning
Credit Hours: 3
Course Instructor (coordinator): Dr. Keely Camden
1. Volunteer Commitment of 60 Hours (these hours can involve a multitude of different activities)
2. Completion of required time sheet
3. Completion of a reflective journal of the experience (may need to interview the program director)
- What is the history and mission of the organization?
- What population of the community does the organization serve, and how has the organization positively impacted the community?
- What are the challenges that face the organization, and what are current projects and initiatives underway?
- Describe and explain the role you played in the organization. What particular projects and work did you undertake? What aspects of the work did you enjoy the most and why?
- Discuss the challenges facing the individuals served by the organization. What have you learned related to their experiences as a result of this project? What have you learned about yourself as a result of this project?
At all times, students will maintain professional and collegial behaviors appropriate for the work place. These behaviors include appropriate language free from profanity and discrimination, limited or no cell phone usage, professional dress, friendly interactions with all individuals, and prompt and reliable attendance. Failure to meet professional expectations will result in a removal from the placement and a failure of the course.
I. PAWS 21st Century After-School Learning Program
The goals of the PAWS after school program include: increasing math proficiency, increasing reading literacy, building character and promoting positive youth development, and engaging families in our area. The goals of this program will not only be helpful to the students we serve today, but these positive characteristics we are instilling at the PAWS program will help to build more effective members of our society and that affects YOU!
Hours of Operation: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Types of Volunteer Activities: homework help, snack/recess help, read aloud to students
Address: 410 Normal Street Hopedale, Ohio 43976
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pawshopedale
Contact Information: Morgan Heavilin, Program Director
E-mail: [email protected]
II. Team Mojo Foundation
501c3 nonprofit youth organization established in 2010, covering the local tri-state area (OH, WV, PA). By way of financial assistance, we help K-12 (school-aged) children be able to participate in activities and events they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
Hours of Operation: n/a- no physical location, operate through phone, text, email, social networking, solely through Executive Director’s home office
Types of Volunteer Activities: Periodic fundraising events and activities
Address: P.O. Box 44, East Liverpool, OH 43920-5044
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/teammojofoundation
Contact Information: Bill Crawford, Founder & Executive Director
E-mail: [email protected]
III. Y Not Repeat Boutique in the YWCA
Housed inside the YWCA in downtown Wheeling, the Boutique is open to the public and offers new and gently used donated women’s clothing. The Boutique is a completely volunteer-run organization. With a referral from a social service agency, women can receive 5 free outfits. The YWCA Wheeling is a member association of the Young Women’s Christian Association. With more than 25 million members in 122 countries, the YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world designed to empower women and eliminate racism.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Types of Volunteer Activities:
- Sort and steam new donations
- Hang and display new donations in boutique
- Assist shoppers with the selection of outfits and appropriate shoes/jewelry
- Assist with Dress for Success workshops (and other empowering workshops)
- Create new signage for the Boutique
- Assist with fundraisers for the Boutique
- Take pictures of new items for social media
Address: 1100 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
Facebook Page: Y Not Repeat Boutique - YWCA Wheeling, WV
Contact Information: Rhonda Hayes, Program Director
Interested students must first schedule an interview with Rhonda Hayes at the YWCA. This opportunity is only open to female students.