MVCC Service Learning Event: SYS


Share Your Soles

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 those. The next service opportunity I have arranged is through Share Your Soles–a non-profit volunteer-run organization, dedicated to putting shoes on the soles of children and adults in the most impoverished areas of the world. Share Your Soles is located just about 30 minutes from Moraine’s campus and has a truly amazing and inspirational story. Read about it here: About Share Your Soles.

I have arranged a visit for us to visit Share Your Soles to help out in their warehouse. 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: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 900 E. 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (708) 448-4469

Directions from Moraine

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

If you’d like to participate in this event and haven’t already signed-up for it, either let me know in class or e-mail me to let me know right away. If you e-mail, please mention the name of this trip, which of the two days you would like to attend, and how many people you will be bringing with you, if any.

Please RSVP by Noon on February 25.

  1. Sign-up to attend this service event at Share Your Soles 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 and which of the two days you would like to attend, so I know for which one you are signing up. Also, 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. Again, if you’d like to participate in this service learning opportunity, you need to sign-up for it by no later than noon on February 6.. This is really important, as SYS needs to plan for our visit. I want to make a good impression with this organization, so we can continue to partner with them in the good work they do. Thanks.

A Special Note about this Visit

It is very expensive for Share Your Soles to ship the shoes they collect to need people all over the world. And it is expensive to host volunteers during a service visit. They do ask that you donate $5 to $10 when you come to volunteer. If you want to participate in this event, please plan on making this donation. (Just a heads up.) If you’d like, you might find a creative way to save/raise this modest donation amount as a part of this service event. Also, we will be running a shoe drive in the days following this trip. This will be an opportunity to work more closely with Share Your Soles if you choose to. I’ll need a team to run the drive and visit Share Your Soles at least once more later in the semester. More on this soon. Thanks.

Can’t make this event?

Like I said, if you can’t make this event, I understand. I have or will arrange other service outings that might suit you better. More details will follow soon. If the above opportunity works for your schedule, though, please sign-up for it rather than put this off. Keep in mind, you will need to complete one service learning experience before the end of week 8 even if it’s one that you find or design and implement on your own. 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, which is due week 9. The details of this assignment will be available soon if they are not already.