COVID Cares Team

This past semester has certainly been one to remember and one that I would never have foreseen in even my wildest dreams. With COVID-19 still threatening the health and welfare of our community, I was unable to return to my volunteer duties in the emergency department at Forrest General Hospital. Because I have learned the…

Learning What We Can Say to Serve

This past semester, I, Wade Taliancich, served using the online resource called Zooniverse. Working through the different ways to serve, I found my place in a section titled “Boston Phoenix, 1974!” The reason that I chose this particular area to work in is because of my passion for journalism. The project of “Boston Phoenix, 1974!”…

Volunteering at Forrest General Hospital

Since the spring of my freshman year, I have been a volunteer in the Forrest General Hospital Ambassador program. I decided to continue serving here this semester. Each Thursday for a hour and a half from August to November, I have had the pleasure of working with the office staff, Mrs. Vickie and Ms. Lori.…

Every Name Counts

Life is so unexpected. An extended Spring Break ultimately became this months-long quarantine that put a halt in my freshman year. The stress of virtual classes and maintaining a somewhat β€œnew-normal” was now all I could think about. When it came to service, my options we are very limited due to obvious reasons regarding the…

On Wednesdays, We Wear SPAS Volunteer Shirts

MEOW! My name is Thumbelina. I am a female tabby cat that LOVES to vocalize my agitation that people do not give me enough attention. Before my adoption into my forever home, my litter box resided at Southern Pines Animal Shelter. In addition to the many people who came to experience my presence, I remember…

Comeback Coolers Volunteer Work

Since I have been in high school, I have worked with an Ocean Springs local organization, Comeback Coolers. Comeback Coolers is a non-profit organization that provides natural disaster victims with a cooler that is designed with uplifting statements and/or drawings filled with necessities. As everyone knows, this hurricane season for the Gulf Coast has been…

Sharing My Time and Spreading Christmas Joy

The way I got my service hours this semester was through volunteering at a Christmas Tree Farm through the organization Buy a Tree Change a Life. This organization partners with corporate sponsors to donate Christmas Trees to churches. Because of these generous gifts of these organizations, churches are able to give one hundred precent of…

Backpack Buddies Service

Throughout my high school experience and this semester in college, I volunteered through the First United Methodist church in Poplarville, Mississippi, for the organization, Backpack Buddies of Poplarville, Inc. This organization collects, organizes and distributes a weekly supply of food and toiletries to less fortunate students. The deliveries are discrete so that no student gets…

Spreading Joy Through Letter Writing

In semesters past I have visited nursing/assisted living homes in order to bring a smile to elders faces. This semester I wanted to give back to the elders, but because of COVID-19 restrictions were put into place I wasn’t able to go to those facilities. That is when I discovered Letters Against Isolation. Letters Against…