Healthy Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting / September 14, 2017

Today I attend the Healthy Stakeholder of Des Moines meeting, a quarterly gathering of local food and community invested individuals. The meeting was held at Waukee Area Christian Services, and first-year Morgan Smith attended with me. I spoke to the group about Next Course‚Äôs recent statistics and described the Little Free Pantries project. Below are…

Central Iowa Shelter & Services Reflection / April 23, 2017

On Sunday, April 16, three Next Course volunteers toured Central Iowa Shelter and Services, one of Next Course’s partner recipient sites. We were met and led by Volunteer and Donations Coordinator Jorie Hidri, a graduate of Simpson College with degrees in Religion and Sociology. I mention her area of study because I believe her sociology…

Feed Greater Des Moines Conference Reflection / March 6, 2017

On May 4, 2017, I attended the Feed Greater Des Moines Conference at Grace Lutheran Church, alongside sophomore Student Learning Ambassador, Claire Hueg. The first keynote speaker of the conference, Dr. Simon Geletta of Des Moines University, presented a background on the issue of hunger. Dr. Geletta conceptualized hunger – the physical experience of craving…

IMPACT Conference Reflection / February 20, 2017

I approached the IMPACT Conference with the intention of expanding my perspective on service-learning, and quickly realized that social justice was at the essence of the gathering. What I once considered two different sectors, I now realize that social justice is inherently connected to service and service-learning. Questions I had not before considered but now…