For the past couple of weeks, Humanitarian Service Project has been delighted to host several students from College of DuPage who are completing their community service hours for the college’s “service learning program.” The program is designed to give the students outside the classroom experience through projects that serve the community. College of DuPage characterizes the program as a “win-win” which allows the student to both help others, as well as personally grow both academically and as a member of the community. As a community partner of this program, we at HSP are big fans, as we get to see this “win-win” scenario in action. We have had wonderful service learning students in the past, and the current group of seven students has been doing great as well. (Above: Shabnam, a student in COD’s service learning program, assisting in HSP’s toy room.)
HSP’s Assistant Director, Kristin Maxwell, who has been supervising the service learning students, mentioned what an “excellent job” they have all been doing. The service learning students have contributed to both our Children’s Birthday Project and Senior Citizen Project in a number of different ways. They have assisted in every step of the birthday box creation process for the needy children that we serve, including; sorting gifts, creating activity kits, wrapping presents, and organizing our shipping room. They have also been involved in helping HSP reach out to needy senior citizens by assisting in the preparation and execution of our senior delivery day last month. The service learning students have been doing excellent work, and their help has enabled HSP to reach many children and senior citizens in need.