After my ten-hour carrier learning project at Friendly House in Worcester, I learned a lot about the community service, food pantry, immigration service, and after school programs. In this paper, I reflect on the matters I achieved during this service learning, as expected and outlined in my pre-reflection paper.
Considering all the numerous tasks I was engaged in Worcester, the teen software was my favorite of all. I visited Get Lite Dance, a dance that starts in Harlem, New York. In fact, Harlem shake and different creative moves were thrilling. Also, I hit the gymnasium in boot camp, which aims to get people in shape, build their muscles, and promote endurance. Furthermore, I visited Council Crew – Street Team program. During this activity, I learned how to voice my ideas, hold a debate, create plans, and solve problems. As we updated the organization’s social websites, I learned how to interact with social media. Finally, my last stop in the teen program was Teen Lounge. In this program, I learned teen concerns, food pantry, dancing, and staffing and organization of various community service-based programs, such as Halloween parties (Friendly House, 2017). These activities helped me to identify and deal with the evolving complexities of my life effectively.
Since it was Thanksgiving Day, I volunteered in the community on social and food service program to assist in food distribution to the needy families. In particular, I engaged in immigration, translation, and naturalization services. I introduced Worcester’s immigrants to customs and traditions of their new neighborhood and tried my best to help them in becoming an essential part of civic life. These two programs assisted me in getting acquainted with various cultural backgrounds.
As a result, I was able to learn different activities and met my expectations articulated in the pre-reflection paper to come up with a plan to manage the finances donated. I realized there is a disparity in the distribution of money in the case of Friendly House. Therefore, I recommend that more funds should be allocated to programs that assist the physically challenged people. For this aim, teen programs can be used to raise funds through creating community outreach events, such as camping, street dance competition, football matches, and theatrics.
Friendly House. (2017/2/4). Retrieved on March 25, 2017, from http://www.friendlyhousema.org/programs/