On Monday, students who attend weekly service at the Siena/Francis House were invited to come together for a social analysis to discuss issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Every week at the Siena/Francis House, Creighton students eat dinner with the residents and then listen to the story of someone in the Addiction Recovery Program.
It is an impacting service site, a place where I have discovered the importance of community and of feeling listened to. After doing service that deals with a certain issue, it’s important to come together and discuss that issue in order to reflect on the service and truly bring about social change.
At this social analysis, we brainstormed religious, economic, social, political, healthcare-related, and educational questions that surround the issue of homelessness. Some things that came up were mental healthcare, minimum vs. livable wage, access to a quality education, and how possible it is to climb the social-economic ladder. We then drew connections between all of the different issues in order to see how many different factors there are that affect homelessness, and how they are related. For example, with mental health problems, it is difficult or even nearly impossible to find a job, affecting the ability to make a living wage. Or, with no access to a quality education, finding a job and making professional connections is very difficult.
It can be daunting to look up at a whiteboard full of questions and issues that affect homelessness in the United States. Social analysis shows how complicated the problem is, and how many different areas there are within it that need work. It is important to use service as the first step, and to then use what we learn in service to advocate and work to change social structures that cause problems, in order to promote social justice and a better world.
Leah Schaffer Class of 2015
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Completely Kids needs volunteers to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Volunteers are needed to work with youth Monday through Friday in our after school programs at elementary and middle schools and evening programs in area homeless shelters. We are looking for energetic individuals and groups to help the youth with homework, skill development, enrichment activities, and exposure to positive role models. An extra set of hands is always appreciated in this fun environment.
Call/email us for more information about how you can help ensure the success of children in our community.
*Internship & practicum opportunities available for students in a variety of academic disciplines.
Spanish speaking recommended but not necessary.
Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs and the Creighton Chapter Habitat for Humanity Tiffiny Clifton ~ (712) 328-9476 ~ Tiff@habitatcb.org 645 9th Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 ~ www.habitatcb.org
This organization builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with partner families. Volunteers choose how they would like to help: greeting, education, manual labor, construction, clean up, and much more. Specialized skills are not required. All the tools and education you need to know will be provided each day! Building takes place every Monday through Saturday including designated “Creighton Saturdays”. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to15) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis. Spanish and Arabic speaking recommended, but not necessary
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Tammie Dodge ~ (402) 457-5657 ext. 125 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org 2204 Ames Ave, Omaha, NE 68110 ~ www.habitatomaha.org
Habitat for Humanity builds housing in partnership with low-income families. Volunteers are needed for construction work, vacant lot clean up, working at the Habitat ReStore, and
in our office. Hours are flexible between 8:30am – 3:30pm, Wednesday – Saturday. We would
love to have individuals or groups (8-10 people) participating once or on a continuing
basis and ask that all volunteers sign up online through the Habitat for Humanity website. Spanish, Arabic and French speaking recommended, but not necessary.
Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County Jon Costello ~ (402) 292-6560 ~ email@example.com 119 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue, NE 68005 ~ www.hfhsarpy.org
Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County builds housing in partnership with low-income families. Volunteers are needed for construction work, vacant lot clean up, working at the Habitat ReStore, and in our office. Hours are flexible between 8:30am – 3:30pm, Wednesday – Saturday. We would love to have individuals or groups (8-10 people) participating once or on a continuing basis and ask that all volunteers sign up online through the Habitat for Humanity website. Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.
We provide sack lunches to homeless and low income individuals daily Monday through Friday. Volunteers will be involved in sandwich making, packing lunches and handing out lunches. Our hours are from 8:30am to noon weekdays. On Sunday we meet after 10am Mass (approx. 11:15) to prepare sandwiches for Monday distribution. Volunteers are welcome at any time. Please call for more information. Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.
inCOMMON Community Development JD Senkbile ~ 933-6672 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff Spiehs 933-6672 ~ email@example.com 1340 Park Ave Omaha, NE 68105 ~ http://incommoncd.org/
The Park Ave Commons is a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community, receive services, and take part in empowerment-based opportunities and trainings. Programming at the Commons include: community-building activities, social services, individual development, and job readiness workshops. Spanish speaking useful, but not necessary.
Volunteers are needed for activities and projects including: serving dinner and Sunday brunch, cultivating and maintaining the community garden, cleaning, painting, sorting donated items, decorating for holidays, and gathering items needed for our shelter. We are within walking distance of Creighton and offer flexible hours. Volunteers must call or email to schedule a time to volunteer.
Volunteers are utilized by the Stephen Center in a variety of capacities, 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Current volunteer needs include staffing the shelter office, overnight male volunteers and assistance at the Stephen Center Thrift Store. To view additional volunteer opportunities please visit our website at www.stephencenter.org and click on the “Volunteer Now” tab. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you may fill out the online application and you will be contacted as soon as possible.
We can accommodate groups of 1-10 volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time service. No special skills required.
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