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.