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UofM Emerging Leaders

Sarah Jones

These hours encompass the Alternative Break Experience international trip to Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, in The Bahamas with a focus on disaster relief after Hurricane Dorian. This time overall was an amazing experience and I am very sad that it had to end so early due to COVID-19.

03/10: We served 8 am - 5 pm cleaning debris at an older couple's house. They wouldn't be able to start cleaning and rebuilding their property until all of the debris was tidied up into a pile, so we spent this time cleaning debris, weeding, cutting down trees, and more to create a huge pile so they could bulldoze the debris and start construction on their house.
03/11: We served 8 am - 5 pm at the only school on the island that is expected to open back up in September 2020. We did several tasks that moved them forward in their reconstruction process, such as taking down the fencing so they can put up new fencing, installing insulation, painting, and organizing what was left of the curriculum.
03/12: This day was similar to the first day of service, as we spent the time cleaning debris and cutting down trees. However, this day was different because the damage was much worse. The first house was still standing and the people were living in it, they just needed their roof fixed. The house we did this day was completely damaged and it was impossible to enter the house. The father and his daughter who lived there were living in tents in their front yard. Despite the fahter having stage 4 cancer, he was out there helping our group fix his property. This was a very moving experience. This day we served 8 am - 12 pm.

Gave 22.00 hours between 03/09/2020 and 03/13/2020 with University of Memphis, UofM Emerging Leaders, Volunteer Odyssey
Sarah Jones
Quinci Snedeker

It was not bad! We pulled some weeds and put brush in the compost area. Overall very friendly crew! enjoyed the happy energy from everyone, and it was a sunny day!

Gave 2.50 hours on 02/28/2020 with Kappa Delta, UofM Emerging Leaders, Volunteer Odyssey
Kallysta Neumann

I served as a volunteer for the RYLA conference in Olive Branch, Mississippi. I lead a group of about 30 students in a series of leadership activities for a full day. It was a very eye opening experience for me and I really enjoyed my time there.

Gave 7.00 hours on 02/28/2020 with Volunteer Odyssey, UofM Emerging Leaders
Kourtney Blanchett

During the Emerging Leaders and Social Change Scholars interview process, I served as a check-in assistant and ice breaker facilitator. This experience was very fun and entertaining. Being involved in this event allowed me to connect with the potential students. Supervising the ice breakers allowed me to discover the different personalities and backgrounds of each student. I can honestly say that I encountered some unique students.

Gave 2.00 hours between 02/18/2020 and 02/19/2020 with Volunteer Odyssey
Kallysta Neumann

I volunteered as an observer for the Emerging Leaders/Social Change scholarship interviews. I was assigned six students to watch and observe throughout the morning to be considered for the scholarship.

Gave 3.00 hours on 02/18/2020 with Volunteer Odyssey, UofM Emerging Leaders
Darian Miller-Kennedy

While assisting the EL/SC organization interviews, I was assigned as a Team Leader. My job was essentially to keep my designated group on track through the process and lead them to the correct rooms when we were directed to. I sat through each event they did and I even participated to an extent which I think made some of the interviewees more comfortable. I interacted with other Emerging Leaders and Social Change Leaders from different cohorts while I volunteered. I think that the experience to volunteer during the interviews was very interesting because I ended up doing my interview over the phone instead of in person due to the distance from the university to my home and the timing. I liked doing the true colors activity because I finally was able to understand what everyone meant when they talked about it.

Gave 2.50 hours on 02/18/2020 with University of Memphis, Volunteer Odyssey
Morgan Nelson

Morgan @ FedEx family house

Made muffins for families at FedEx family house

Gave 2.00 hours on 02/14/2020 with Days Of Service, Phi Mu-U of M, University of Memphis, UofM Emerging Leaders, Volunteer Odyssey
Erika Kinzer

I worked for the tiger food pantry collecting meal swipes to donate to the tiger food pantry

Gave 1.00 hour on 02/11/2020 with UofM Emerging Leaders

Private user @ Community Dental Event

Gave 6.00 hours on 02/01/2020
Olivia Williams

Gave 5.00 hours on 01/25/2020 with Days Of Service, University of Memphis, UofM Emerging Leaders, Volunteer Odyssey
Sarah Jones

Sarah @ Mid-South Mission of Mercy

This was an amazing experience! I worked dental triage and was able to network and learn about the field I want to go into all while helping others.
I signed up to volunteer on their website:

Gave 6.00 hours on 01/24/2020 with Days Of Service, University of Memphis, UofM Emerging Leaders, Volunteer Odyssey
Sarah Jones