It takes a lot to organize and facilitate a track meet; a lot of time, effort, volunteers, equipment, and logistics go into making things run smoothly for each event. On the first day of events, I was able to volunteer my time by helping to align the pole vault pit and aiding in measuring marks for long jump. On the second day, I helped out with the men's pole vault competition by setting the bar and standards and seeing that the event ran smoothly for the teams in participation.
I volunteered at a special event of dancing and singing with a Mariachi Band at the Target house and was able to spend quality time with some of the residents and help to serve them a meal.
For a Community Health Nursing Clinical, my group visited the Mid-South Food Bank Distribution Center and helped organize canned and dry goods that had been donated to the center. This service helped the staff prepare for the winter and holiday season when people are most at need for warm meals.
For one of the Community Health Nursing Clinical days, my group went to the Men's Union Mission Homeless Shelter downtown to provide foot care for those residing in the shelter. During this time, we soaked the mens' feet, washed them, cut toenails, blister and callus care, and educated the men of the importance of caring for their feet and how to do so especially for those with diabetes who have lost feeling in their feet. After we cared for their feet, we provided the men with new socks and the tools to keep up with their foot care and referred them to see the traveling health clinic that comes to the shelter twice a week if things begin to look or feel abnormal.
At the Orange Mound Community Center, my Community Health Clinical group spent a day taking blood pressures of the community members where hypertension is common. We spent some time talking with the people who came to get there blood pressure taken of the importance of maintaining a low blood pressure and lifestyle modifications that can be made to lower it if necessary.
Every Tuesday, rain or shine, Iona - A Community of Faith hosts burrito ministries for those in need of a warm meal. During this experience, I was able to help assemble burritos, package them, and serve them to those in need in the downtown Memphis community. I am continuously amazed each time I am able to serve with this organization by the love and compassion overflowing in the heart of Memphis.
It takes a lot to organize and facilitate a track meet; a lot of time, effort, volunteers, equipment, and logistics go into making things run smoothly for each event. On the first day of events, I was able to volunteer my time by helping to align the pole vault pit and aid in measuring marks for long jump.
For this impact, I was able to interact with the community of Memphis by helping First Cumberland Presbyterian Church host a group of homeless men, women, and children. While the church provided the group with shelter, we were able to make it feel more like home through meaningful conversations and laughs shared over a warm meal.