Coming into this class I have had a lot background in community service. Most of my summers in high school where filled with volunteering, and joining a sorority has gotten me to do even more. What I enjoyed about this particular volunteering experience was that it got me to try something new. Typically when volunteering it is more focused based on things I can do as a group with my sisters, for example, making holiday cards for troops or tie blankets with children. When working at the food pantry it was just myself responsible for something, like sorting food, stocking or checking out. After each time of volunteering at the pantry I felt very different compared to when I volunteer with my sisters. To volunteer at the pantry myself alone had to make the effort to get there, put in time, and my job, which is lead to a lot more work being put into my volunteering. Usually in the sorority we have someone fine an organization to work with and its all arrange, all I really have to do is show up. I really enjoyed putting more work into because it made me feel much more accomplished at the end of the day. Now that it is the end of the semester, I will of course continue volunteering with my chapter, but I would love to go back to the food pantry. I think that is has given me an opportunity to do something different and develop a new passion. I hope to not only go back there myself but I also hope to be able to bring some of my sisters with me from time to time. If I can feel so good after volunteering at the pantry, I would love to share that feeling with them too.
Friday, November 21, 2014
When learning about poor relief in the Early Americans I am very surprised in just how many options they had for they poor and at their disposal. Now we have just learned about private charities, which opened up a whole new door I ways to help the needy. However, out of all the many ways in which the poor was being help, there were some that stood out to me more then others. When reading about outdoor and indoor, I found this to be the most helpful towards the poor. The reason being was that the needy were placed in one of the categories based on the relief that they needed. With outdoor, it consisted of more direct aid in forms of clothing, cash, fuel and food. As apposed to indoor, consisting of recipients to move into a regulated facility. The same ideas went for private and public relief, private being from individuals and public relief from the state. This did not restrict the needy to one single way of being helped like those in the past, it gave more options and relief could be used more efficently. For example, when an elderly person grew too old to take care of him or herself, they would be sent to indoor relief because that fit their specific needs. During this time there were also aids that I didn’t deem completely necessary. One of they ways in which they tried to minimize the poor in towns was to warn out those who would cost too much to care for. I don’t entirely agree with this method because while they were trying to better their towns, they were doing the opposite of poor relief. Instead they were turning their backs on the ones who needed the relief the most. Then the duty to take care of them would just have to fall on some other town. I think they should have found a way to reintegrate these people back into society.
Friday, November 14, 2014
There are many ways in which a community can pass judgment and restricts its members. Judgment and exclusion were very prevalent when learning about Early America. One instant of this was with warning out in the New English communities. Warning out was basically a practice of restricting people and exceling them out based on judgment of them. If you were a single woman, ill, elderly, or had too many children to be able to care for, you were considered for being kicked out of the community. This was due to the fact that communities were trying to cut down on poverty and crime. However, with this practice the community officials had to make quick judgments to see if in fact the person could contribute or was just a burden. In many causes, outsiders that lived in other times were quickly judged for the fact that they were strangers. However, just because they were strangers didn’t mean that they would be bad for the town. Sadly, these strangers would often times be warn out and sent back to their old town. When looking at this practice in Early America of judgment, exclusion, and restrictions made on others, I began to wonder about practices of today. I have been volunteering at the food pantry for my community hours. When I first arrived I immediately wondered how this small food pantry worked. What I questioned most was how the people who could participate in the pantry were chosen, so I decided to do a little research. When looking into the pantry I found that they were willing to help anyone that they could who needed it. They were able to do this by making a structured environment for those coming into the pantry. This really reflects the differences of how Early America dealt with poverty and those in need compared to now. We have become much better rounded and less likely to turn people away.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
When thinking of charity and poor relief my mind always goes to what I have been introduced to on this topic. I have grown up in Madison, a fairly large city, where homeless people are very prevalent. Due to what I have witnessed, I have learned how needed charity and poor relief is. I have also learned much about charity coming to college, and working with my sorority. One example of the work I have done with my sorority was relay for life. We were able to raise money and show our support for those affected by cancer. These examples of what I have been introduced to reflect my opinion on the topic of Charity and poor relief. Weather it is helping the homeless or donating your time to a charity, relief is needed. I think that in America we are very aware of those going through poverty and organizations that need help. By being aware, I also think that goes to show how much it is needed. If no one were to come to rely for life, for example, then no money would be made to go to cancer and further no progress would be made. This is why I think charity is so important because not only does it help the current issue, but can lead to a brighter future. The same can go for giving to the homeless. If you were to give a meal to someone in need, that allows them to survive one more day. That next day they could get a job and contribute more to society. This is what I think charity and poor relief needs to be and looked at as, helping those around you today to better their tomorrow. This notion isn’t a new one, and can clearly be seen in what we learned about medieval poor relief.
Friday, October 17, 2014
There were many way in that the medieval communities responded to the problems of the needy. One of these was creating hospitals, however hospitals were very different then what we have come to know them as. There were multiple hospitals created such as leper houses, Almshouses, hospices, and institutions that cared for the sick. In our current day in age we no longer have leper houses, and those that we do tent to in hospitals have also change. During the medieval time periods they would tent to the sick much like we do, but not to those you were extremely sick. What I mean is that if someone came in with an illness that needed extensive amount of care they would not be very welcomed because they would take up to much supply and cost of the hospital. Due to this, hospitals were more of a pit stop for the poor to come in and be taken care of. Instead of having the needy wandering on the streets, they would take them in to have shelter and food. From what I have learned about these types of hospitals, much prefer one of today then in the past. Not only with technology being better, but due to what I have grown up thinking hospitals should be. To me they are a place you got to for help, no matter how sick you are. While I do admire the medieval hospitals for helping the poor, we now have new establishments, such as homeless shelters, which cater to the needs of the needy. However, there are ways in which I think our society can learn something from those of the medieval communities. When continuing to learn about how the people of those times help the poor, it seems as if that was a typical way of life; take the needy and bring them in to a hospital to gain back their health. IN many ways I believe we should strive more to make helping the more something that is a part of or everyday life.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I have yet to be able to participate at my community service option, The Oshkosh Food Pantry, but I have been able to learn much about them. The pantry is located at 2551 Jackson Street, which makes it a great choice for students to volunteer at. When going to the pantry it is similar to going to a grocery store, food is displayed and available to be taken. However, the difference is that the pantry gives the food away rather then having people pay. It is a great place to go to if you are unable to support yourself or your family. This way you are able to give your family what they need, and not go hungry. The reason they are able to give this food away is from collecting donation. It allows the pantry to be stock with food, and that is why they need many volunteers. With the food pantry, there are many jobs that you can do, such as; organizing food, helping customers and shelving the food. This is an aspect that I really enjoy about this volunteer option, because you can do something different each time you go. I will be able to learn about the time that it takes for each job and just how important they are. This pantry does so much for the Oshkosh community, by making sure that each person in need is well fed. I have been able to work at a food pantry before, and what I found was how much time goes into making sure that this organization runs smoothly. What I hope to get out of this experience is a growing application for what I have. I never have been in a situation were food was considered a luxury. So by working at they pantry, I would like to gain some perspective on what these people have to go through.