Our fall semester has proven to be unique in many ways. Most classes are online, in-person events are limited, and most of the usual extracurricular activities have been halted. With so many changes to our ways of doing life, we also know that local nonprofit agencies, schools, and community organizations still have people to feed, children to teach, projects to complete, and awareness to spread. Our community partners have come to rely on the consistency of Luckyday Scholars and the helpful hands they provide.
To this end, we are keeping our requirement of ten hours of volunteer efforts for our sophomores and juniors this year. Our freshmen will begin service in the spring of 2021. For our seniors, they are not obligated to volunteer their last year, knowing they have demands on their time with internships, practicums, or other commitments. They are, however, encouraged to continue volunteering–especially if they are continuing with a project they were already doing–and we will acknowledge their efforts at our spring senior reception by presenting them with Distinguished Scholar recognition.
Instead of having scholars fill out a service form for hours this year, they will write about their experiences on this blog! We’ve had to widen our view of service, and we know that reflecting on service can help bring additional meaning to the time we spend helping others. We are organizing service in the following categories.
Scholars deliver meals, organize clothes, collect books for schools, tutor kids, help nonprofits with office work, and a variety of other hands-on tasks
Students help with artistic projects, sewing masks, online projects for organizations around the world, social media marketing for organizations
Scholars pick up trash, pull weeds, refresh flowerbeds, and organize recycling programs
Scholars write thank you cards to healthcare workers, first responders, and teachers; write notes to residents in nursing homes; encourage students in quarantine through contacts and care packages
Students donate blood, donate plasma, and participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials