Teaching crafts and interacting with parents and children here to see Santa Claus.
Had a great time volunteering at the food bank! Probably one of the most engaging and fun time I've had volunteering at any event. For this particular shift I was in charge of getting the food to the food inspectors. Stevo was my volunteer leader and he was great. Absolutely loved him! He gave great vibes and made my volunteering experience very enjoyable. They played 80's music on the loud speakers while we worked which made it that much more fun. Giving back to my community never felt so great. At the end of the shift, Stevo revealed to us that in one shift as a group we managed to package 7,000+ pounds of food!! I was completely blown away. There are many different jobs you can help in so I will definitely come back again and cycle through the various positions.
On Saturday December 3rd I got the opportunity to volunteer with Pi Sigma Pi, for Young Engineers and Scientist Day. In this outreach event we set up different activities such as 3-D printing, and building roller-coasters using water noodles to introduce middle school students to the STEM field. For instance, the kids had to come up with a way to build a roller coaster with at least one loop with certain supplies and a time limit. It was wonderful listening to all the different, unique, and creative ideas each student had, along with helping them make their designs come into reality. I loved interacting with the children and teaching them concepts such as gravity and momentum, and how they are applied to the real world. Overall this was a great experience; I hope that the middle school students gained new knowledge and that as a team we were able to inspire them in their educational career.
Volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank has by far been my favorite and most enjoyable volunteering experience. Working alongside Steve, Gabe, Leonard, and volunteer leaders made for a very fun-filled experience. They all believe giving back to the community should not be laborious act, instead it should be done with a smile and to have fun doing it. Their positive attitudes made me come back to the food bank every single shift smiling and ready to work together to help "fight hunger." I rotated between several job positions over the course of my volunteering hours. These included: expediter in which I helped deliver goods to the inspectors, inspector in which I inspected the food before being packaged for delivery, and trash duty in which I discarded of food not suitable for donation. Overall, I would rate my experience at the food bank 5 out of 5 and will definitely keep coming back to donate my time in the future.
I volunteered for Orange Santa this year by helping translate at the Orange Santa Store. I helped the people that spoke only Spanish to pick out gifts for their children. I love the cause and will continue volunteering as much as I can for Orange Santa. Please contact Kathy Fries for any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice getting to know more about community outreach groups in Austin.
I had a great time assisting at the school's winter fest! I mainly helped with pictures with Santa. It was great seeing the excitement and smiles on all of the kids' faces as they got ready to get their pictures taken with Santa. For the entire shift I mainly worked with Sandra (a member of the PTA staff at Blanton Elementary) and she made me feel very welcomed. Overall, this was a very good volunteering experience and would definitely doing again.
Half-hour of training and an hour of volunteering to disperse books from their library selection in order to get the books into the hands of people who are in jail and have little ability to buy their own reading material but would like to spend their time reading. I had to leave early because I had a group presentation for one of my classes the next day and I had to prepare for that by meeting with my group.