MVCC Service-Learning Event: HFHCSS


Habitat for Humanity: Chicago South Suburbs

As you know, this semester our research and writing will be focused on service, civic engagement, and community action. During the first half of our semester, or so, I am working to arrange a number of service experiences for you to participate in. I will ask that everybody participate in at least one of these service opportunities during the first half of the semester. I understand that everyone is very busy, has other commitments, and will find it challenging to schedule this kind of work into their lives; however, I also know that this work is essential. So, I ask that you be as flexible as you can. Of course even with flexibility on your part, I understand that the particular opportunities I’ve arranged just might not work for you. If that is the case, it is up to you to arrange another service experience on your own that can fit your schedule. (I’ll will try to work with you to offer ideas where I can, but ultimately it would be your responsibility to find such an opportunity. They’re not hard to find. Just be sure to approve it with me first.) Fair enough? I think so.

I’ve already shared information with you about several service opportunities, and many of you signed-up to attend one of those events. Another service opportunity I have arranged is through Habitat for Humanity–an well-known and respected international service organization–with many local chapters. Our local chapter in the Chicago south suburbs serves 75,000 households in the southern suburbs defined as having “critical housing needs”. This means they are paying too much of their monthly income for housing (30%, 40%, 50%+) and /or are living in substandard quality or overcrowded conditions. This is the market HFHCSS is trying to assist with simple, decent homes. You can be a part of that much needed assistance.

I have arranged a visit for us at a local HFH jobsite to help renovate a home for a and with a family in need. The details of this scheduled event and how to sign-up if you want to are below. Please check it out.

The Event Details

Date: Friday, February 15
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 347 Marquette, Park Forest, IL 60466 [This is the jobsite address.] Phone: (708) 756-2015

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

If you’d like to participate in this event, put your name on the sign-up sheet I sent around in class or e-mail to let me know right away. If you send an e-mail, please mention the name of this trip and how many people you will be bringing with you, if any. I need an RSVP from you by Noon on Friday, February 8.

  1. Sign-up to attend this work day at the above Habitat for Humanity jobsite by clicking the link below, which will take you to the “contact the professor” form for our class. Be sure to mention the name of the trip, so I know for which one you are signing up, let me know if and how many people you will be bringing with you, and whether you need a ride (or can offer a ride).
  2. Note the following: Please bring your lunch as HFH prefers you stay on the jobsite for the lunch break. They provide water and everything you’ll need to do the work. It’s a good idea to bring your own pencil and many people prefer to wear their own gloves and eye protection.
  3. You do not have to stay for the entire work day, but HSH hopes you will try. The most important thing is to be at the site at 9am as that’s when they provide the site safety lecture and make assignments.
  4. Again, if you’d like to participate in this service learning opportunity, you need to sign-up for it by no later than 2/8. This is really important, as the HFH needs a final head count from us by this time. Thanks.

Can’t make this event?

Like I said, if you can’t make this event, I understand. I have already or will arrange other service outings that might suit you better. If the above opportunity works for your schedule, though, please sign-up for it rather than put this off. It feels good to be of service, and it will provide us opportunity to learn and write about important issues.

A Connected Writing Assignment

Whether you choose this service opportunity, another one that I have arranged, or one of your own finding or design, I will ask that you to complete a connected writing assignment–a reflection of service. Let me know if you have questions. The details of this assignment will be released soon if they are not already.