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    Madison Brimhall

    Madison @ Haley's Tasty Treats

    Haley's Tasty Treats is a local, small, startup business that was started by a single woman in Memphis. She has been working the last three years to complete pastry school and become a certified pastry chief. In her meantime, she has started a local business selling her baked goods to make money for school and to keep her business afloat. Me and a social change colleague met with Haley and helped do some baking. We made personal size pizzas and muffins and spent two days going out into the community to give away the goods to the homeless community. It was a lot of fun to do the baking and even more rewarding to hand them out to people who needed a warm and yummy meal. Haley has come very far in her baking career and it was a lot of fun to get to help her bake and then giving back to our community was just the icing on the cake.

    Gave 12.00 hours between 10/22/2021 and 10/23/2021 with University of Memphis, Volunteer Odyssey, Social Change Scholars

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    Virtual Volunteer Day

    For my community event, I attended the Facebook live with Volunteer Odyssey called Virtual Volunteer Day. I hopped on at 1 p.m. actually watched the segment with Catholic Charities. It was called "Bare Necessities" with Lisa Berry and Mandy Lamey. Catholic Charities is an organization in Memphis that works to provide those in poverty and in need and help them move from poverty to self sufficiency. I really loved this experience because with all the COVID regulations and guidelines, it is awesome that they have come up with ways for volunteers to stay involved even from the comfort of your home. For this project, they were doing a clothes drive to get people to donate underwear for the clients of this organization to have clean underwear. The "bare necessities" is what these clients need and Lisa and Mandy were so sweet and informative. I love how awesome volunteer odyssey is for setting this whole event up today to encourage Memphians to stay involved and never stop giving back to your community.

    Gave 1.00 hour on 04/23/2021 with University of Memphis, Volunteer Odyssey
    Madison Brimhall

    Madison @ Hueys Midtown Community Garden

    In the month of March, a colleague and I spent some time volunteering at the community garden on Madison Ave that is partnered with Huey’s Midtown. Due to COVID, it was hard to find somewhere to volunteer however, we thought it would be fun to work outside while also working in our neighborhood. The community garden is right in the middle of my neighborhood and it felt so good to give back my own community and get to know more people that live near me. Jenna is in charge of the planting at Hueys and allowed us to help clean up the overgrown garden. It had been unmonitored for about a year due to the Pandemic so our work felt really needed. We were not able to make much of a change, however any little change goes a long way! I hope to go back and get some veggies from the garden once everything gets to sprouting!

    Gave 20.00 hours between 03/01/2021 and 03/27/2021 with University of Memphis, Volunteer Odyssey
    Madison Brimhall

    Madison @ Hope Church

    Last Friday, Carlie and I went up to Hope Church to work with Mrs. PK and Diane who work with the special needs program. We have worked with them before and it is always to refreshing to see these sweet women. Due to COVID, activities and event navigate and organize. However, their amount of members and participates have gone up during corona. Hope Church hosts zoom meetings for all the classes and sermons offered there. Due to the ability to stay in the comfort and safe place of your home, children who have health concerns have been able to participate more via zoom. Therefore, leading to a rise in numbers. Mrs. PK said they could really use some help with stuffing the goody bags for their upcoming event. They are offering a drive thru christmas show that allows the children to come through the parking lot of Hope with their families and see familiar faces and receive a goody bag full of art crafts and christmas themed coloring pages. It was rewarding to know that we were helpful for this group and thinking about the kids faces light up when they get their goody bags makes me so happy.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 11/13/2020 with Volunteer Odyssey
    Volunteer Community Clean-up

    This was not my first time doing this Neighborhood Clean- Up, however it was my first time to go without the group of Social Change scholars and I really enjoyed going back by myself and getting to build my own relationship with the man in charge of the volunteers. I love that surrounding neighborhood and going around the community making a difference. People were so appreciative and thanked us several times for picking up the trash. Selfishly, I enjoyed it because it was a beautiful Saturday and I was able to get some exercise while I walked through the neighborhood.

    Gave 3.00 hours on 11/07/2020 with Volunteer Odyssey
    Madison Brimhall

    Madison @ Alternative Break in Dallas, Texas

    For my alternative break trip, I was assigned to the Dallas, Texas group that worked with organizations that focused on the cities food insecurity. On our first day, we went to a food bank called Crossroads Food Bank where we made emergency packages for families to take when they came for their groceries and stocked up the aisles and fridges. The emergency packages included an assortment of drinks, carbs, breakfast items, condiments, grains, or some sort of candy. At Crossroads, each Monday-Wednesday, certain families, who go through extensive interviews and surveys, are allowed to come and get their groceries for the week. We luckily got to help with the shoppers and took them around to get their groceries. The food bank had a little grocery store and it was very rewarding to get to see the families and people that came in. We got to build a brief relationship but you could tell they were so thankful and I really enjoyed the experience. On the second day of service, our group went to a homeless shelter called Austin Street. When we arrived at this place, COVID-19 had just started to really spread through the US and we were a little worried to be so close to so many people in Downtown Dallas however we did not let our fear stop us from having such a great time getting to know this organization and the awesome people that work there. We helped in the laundry room by folding all the donated clothes for the clients that stay at Austin Street. This homeless shelter was the biggest one I have ever seen. They had up to 400 beds and usually had about 400 clients a night, both men and women. We also got to help out in the kitchen were we bagged 400 bags of raisins to hand out during snack time. We were lucky enough to be able to speak with a lot of the clients and hear their stories and learn about their journeys. My week in Dallas was one of the most impactful weeks I have experienced in a long time. I really enjoyed the trip so much and learned so much about myself, food banks, homeless shelters, Dallas, and working together to achieve a common goal but also was just reassured in my path to my career. I really also loved getting to know all of the people on the trip with me; we had such an awesome group of young adults who were eager to help and work together and enjoy each other. I have never felt like I have bonded with a group quicker, we worked so well together. But most importantly, my time spent volunteering was so eye-opening and humbling and truly made me remember how important it is to count our blessings and to always give back to the community.

    Gave 12.00 hours between 03/08/2020 and 03/12/2020 with Volunteer Odyssey
    University of Memphis
    Madison Brimhall

    Madison @ Kingsbury High School

    This past Tuesday I volunteered at my mother’s school where she is a high school ESL teacher. She has recently transitioned to high school and I have been curious about the population she serves. Most of her students are non-English speakers that have recently arrived from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Yemen and other nations. The school is situated in an underserved community needing more resources than they receive.
    During my two hours at Kingsbury High School, i completed a PowerPoint to teach specific vocabulary, gave support to the students as they worked in groups to create their own Declaration of Independence for government class, observed and encouraged them as they presented to the class, and was able to practice speaking in Spanish, which is my major.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 12/10/2019 with Volunteer Odyssey
    Madison Brimhall

    Madison @ Hope Presbyterian Church

    My friend and I went back to Hope to continue building a relationship with the church again. In my time as a volunteer, I have not experienced having a family type feeling of volunteering. I spend a lot of time volunteering but I feel I do not always go back and continue manifesting my time and energy into those people but I really like this church and the people there and the group I am helping and spending time with. I have enjoyed meeting all these new faces and making new friends and building more relationships with them. On Friday, we went to help decorate the sanctuary for the special needs dance group called Lucy and Company. Each year they put on a dance show and it is held at Hope. This year the theme is Whoville. We got there and helped put together the cardboard houses and hung up whoville theme decorations with the Grinch on them. Some of the students came and were helping too. I saw an old friend of mine from elementary school, John, who actually goes to Hope and dances in the show. He stayed and we caught up and he helped do some decorating too. I had to work the day of the show but I know it looked great and turned out so beautiful!!!

    Gave 4.00 hours on 12/06/2019 with Volunteer Odyssey