Feed My Starving Children
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.) Fair enough? I think so.
So, the first service opportunity I have arranged is through Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)–a four-star rated charity with a facility in Aurora, IL. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. FMSC strives to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world, and they are doing a remarkable job in their efforts. With 18,000 children dying everyday from starvation, the need is urgent and you can help. I’ve been to FMSC a few times now, and the experience is always great. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends and family, plus it makes an immediate difference in the lives of people. Quite literally, you will be saving lives.
I have arranged two possible times for us to visit FMSC in Aurora to pack food for starving and extremely malnourished children around the world. The details of these scheduled events and how to sign-up if you want to are below. Please check it out.
The Event Details
Date: Monday, February 4 and/or Thursday, February 7
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: (630) 851-0404
Want to do it? Here’s how.
If you’d like to participate in this event, follow the instructions below. Note that you are welcome to bring friends and family along with you. Just be sure to sign them up too through the links below. I plan to be at one if not both of the sessions.
- Sign-up to attend one of the two schedule packing sessions by clicking the appropriate date/time link below and following the instructions at the FMSC web site.
- Let me know if you need a ride from Moraine or if you’d be willing to offer a ride to a couple of your classmates. (I’m trying to arrange a carpool as needed.)
- If you’d like to participate in this service learning opportunity, you need to sign-up for it by no later than 1/27. This is really important, so there’s enough time to get other people to participate if there are still spaces available.
Can’t make this event?
Like I said, if you can’t make this event, I understand. I have a couple of other service outings in the works that might suit you better. We’ll be engaging in other service opportunities soon. These events are still in the works. 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. The details of this assignment will be made available soon–before the first service-learning event.
Note: FMSC is Christian organization, but one does not need to be Christian to participate in the volunteer food packing program. The work they do transcends religion; it is about feeding children who are starving to death. Thanks.