MVCC Service Learning Event: Mission Outreach


Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach

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 other service opportunities, and many of you signed-up to attend one of those. Another service opportunity I have arranged is through Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach–a Chicago-based service organization located about 25 minutes from Moraine’s campus. The Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach is a ministry of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. They are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that addresses the serious unmet medical needs of people in developing countries and promotes a more green-friendly environment through a medical recovery and responsible redistribution program. Their main office is in Springfield, IL, with a second Chicago location in nearby Bedford Park, IL.

Surplus medical equipment and supplies are recovered primarily from hospitals, clinics, and major medical manufacturers in Illinois and Wisconsin. Upon request, these items are sent to healthcare providers in developing countries around the world. Mission Outreach works with more than 40 hospitals and 18 multi-specialty clinics throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.

I have arranged a visit for us to visit Mission Outreach to assist in their warehouse and however else they might need us. 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: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 5213 West 65th Street, Bedford Park, IL 60638
Phone: (708) 496-3900

Directions from Moraine

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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 by Noon on Friday, February 8.

  1. Sign-up to attend this great volunteer opportunity 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 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 that this first event with Mission Outreach is limited to just 4 volunteers. (I will try to arrange larger groups in the future.)
  3. 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, so I can communicate to Mission Outreach final numbers. 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 complete a connected writing assignment–a reflection of service. Note that this opportunity falls later than the week 8 deadline for the first service-learning experience of our course and after the scheduled due date for reflective writing assignment. Because of this, those who confirm their attendance at the event before March 8 (and follow through) will have until the first class of week 11 to complete the paper. Let me know if you have questions. The details of this assignment will be released soon if they are not already.