The New Hope food pantry was the place I decided to do my ISP for 2017-18. The goal of New Hope is to serve the lower income and homeless of Southgate. New Hope allows for them to get their basic needs each month. I organized rides to and from New Hope, helped instruct new volunteers on how the place runs, and showed volunteers where to shelve items. When you first arrive at New Hope the first thing you will be asked to do it make a name tag. It may seem silly at first, but a name tag allows for the participants to better connect with the volunteers and feel welcome. Next, the volunteers may help the pantry stock food in order to prepare for the upcoming months. As time passes, the door will slowly begin to pack with people and the volunteers will finally let them in. Each volunteer grabs a box and waits for someone to shop with. I went to each table and helped them pick out what they want, they can only have so many items based on how many people are in their family. Last, some volunteers will help participants carry their items out to their car if they have one. The experience was eye-opening and I will definitely continue to volunteer there. -Jolee Bisson
To begin, my ISP was targeted towards people who are currently residents of the United States. They are Hispanic people who need to study for the national civics exam which they must take in order to become United States citizens. The project consisted of several meetings at the Kenton County Library with anywhere from three to six people per session. On Saturday mornings, from 10 AM to 12 PM, we studied and practiced English for the exam. With our help, several people took the civics exam and are on their journey to becoming American citizens. I was able to help people fulfill their dreams and I am very proud of that.
A group of us went to Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio to sort through various clothes and paints that were donated. M25M is an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization. Their goal is to provide food, water, clothing, affordable shelter, medical care, and humanitarian supplies to those in need-especially after the large number of natural disasters that has struck such as wildfires and multiple hurricanes. Although they do have full-time staff, they rely heavily on volunteers. Registering a few weeks in advance is required to volunteer.
On our first trip, we sorted through boxes of donations ranging from clothes to a variety of household items like towels and bowls. On our second trip, we sorted through buckets of paint that that were dumped into large drums and used for their Rainbow Paint program which gives re-blended latex paint for maintenance, rehab, and upgrade and improvement projects in areas in need. I loved working with this organization because were easy to communicate with about how I could gather a group of volunteers to help them out. We even got to jam to some music while we worked! -Lian Haney
Our recent trips to the Master Provisions warehouse were incredibly successful. We assisted on multiple Tuesdays as part of Master Provisions’ Student Serve Day series and on Saturday for the 2nd Saturday Pack. This is an easy and rewarding opportunity for students to volunteer during the school year. I started working with Master Provisions because they are easy to work with and encourage teen leadership instead of making students feel inferior. Plus, the work we do here goes to benefit people across the world and in our own community through the Isaiah House mission, which provides food once a month to needy families.
Master Provisions provides food, clothing, and orphan care to our local community as well as in countries around the world. With only five full time employees, they rely heavily on assistance from volunteers. This dependency necessitates their accommodation for volunteers of all ages and abilities.
On our first day, ten of us worked on their shoe collection. We went through all of the shoes that had been donated, matching and making pairs. Our second trip consisted of sorting clothes and packing them into “winter” and “summer” bags. The summer bags go to Honduras; the winter bags go to Kosovo, Africa. We learned the importance of detailed sorting: recycling unsatisfactory clothing is imperative to the sorting process. Additionally, wearing shorts in Honduras is associated with gang behavior, so eliminating shorts was also important. In total, we packed nearly 140 bags of clothing for distribution, which works out to nearly 5,000 people helped. -John Taylor
The 3rd annual NHS Halloween Fest was the best one yet. Beechwood’s NHS turned the school into an awesome carnival for our elementary students. The children, dressed in Halloween costumes of all types, looked adorable while playing games and making crafts throughout the evening. One classroom was turned into a mini theater complete with a “scary” movie with popcorn and drinks. Another classroom was full of crafters, making scratch art and spooky spider webs.
The Commons transformed into an arcade with carnival games where the kids could earn tickets and cash them in for fun prizes and treats. The active zone in the Cafeteria was full of energy and fun with Just Dance and Mario Kart on the big screens, arcade basketball, and karaoke. Everyone, young and old, had an incredible time.
From this event, the NHS students were able to raise over $700 for their different service projects which most recently include providing food for the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and the Ronald McDonald House as well as materials for Operation Gratitude and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.