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.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Before I never thought that charity could have any connection with memory. Now, I have been able to learn a lot about how memory and charity are interconnected so far in this course. When going around campus, and looking for items or money that people donated to the school, I found a common trend. People donated these things to leave their mark on the campus, and not only a good deed, but as a way to remember them. One example of this is the sign in front of horizon, donated by a previous graduating class. While we may not know the people in this class, we recognize them for giving the university this gift. As year go on, the sign will remain there, and future classes with continue to recognize that class for their donation. This recognition that they get, is a reason that I believe people put the time and money into giving to others. While helping others allows oneself to feel good, it is an added bonus to have praise. I connected this to the type of charity that I do in my Sorority. We do many volunteer hours, and even have a minimum amount that we have to achieve. While being able to do that minimum is great, going above and beyond gets us recognition. For example, last year we were able to receive an award for the hours that we put into volunteering. By being able to say that we earned this, it adds to the excitement of volunteering, and now we will be remembered for getting this award. It is very interesting what can become motivators for people to do a good deed. However, it is the sad truth that for some people, being commemorated can be their only motivation for giving at all. I hop that as this class goes on a can further learn about other ways giving can be looked at.