Service Spotlight: Silvia Galdamez

DASH junior Silvia Galdamez is organizing her fellow students to support a group traveling to Quito, Ecuador for a Global Mission Trip. The group hopes to provide an engaging week-long educational program for the children in a school there, but they need supplies to make their vision a reality.

For that reason, Silvia will be giving four hours of community service to each student who brings a supply packet filled with the items of one of the numbers below. To help out, simply bring your donation to Mr. Shanoskie’s room, leave it in the drop-off box, and sign your name so that Silvia can deliver your community service certificate to you. Help make education a priority in the lives others, and donate today!

#1
3 pom poms
2 bags of pipe cleaners
2 bags of googly eyes
5 boxes of crayons

#2
3 packets of construction paper
2 packets of glue (white glue)
4 pairs of safety scissors
1 box of popsicle sticks (min 50)

#3
3 ( 10 per set) of markers
3 packets of construction paper
5 boxes of crayons
1 box of rubberbands

#4
1 box of popsicle sticks (min 50)
2 bags of googly eyes
3 bags of pom poms
Tie dye bottle pack (1)

#5
3 bags of beads
3 bags of bracelet string
3 different colors of duct tape (happy colors)
2 packs of sharpies

#6
4 bags of pipe cleaners
3 bags of beads
4 balls of yarn
Tie dye bottle pack (1)

#7
3 sets of paper plates (min 25 plates)
2 bags of feathers
4 different colored balls of yarn
2 packets of sharpies

#8
3 different (happy) colors of duct tape
3 bags of bracelet string
5 boxes of crayons
2 packets of sharpies

#9
2 packets of glue (white glue)
2 bags of googly eyes
3 bags of pom poms
1 box of rubberbands

#10
2 packets of glue (white glue)
1 box of popsicle (50 min)
3 packets of construction paper
5 boxes of crayons

Service Series: Miami Children’s Hospital

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A student’s perspective on volunteering at Miami Children’s Hospital by Doga Tekin.

What you do: There’s a huge variety of volunteering opportunities at Miami Children’s, but I’ve mainly been part of the Hospitality Cart, so I’ll explain what we do there. Every day the Hospitality Cart is carried out to the units in the hospital twice by volunteers; once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Once we get to our station, we set up the cart with the goods prepared by the cafeteria, necessary utensils, coffee and hot water. We take the cart around the hospital to serve the complimentary food items and drinks to patient families who aren’t able to leave the patients’ rooms to get food. After we run out of food and drinks, we empty the cart and clean everything up.

Where: Volunteers mainly work at the main campus of Miami Children’s Hospital, but it is possible to volunteer at other off-campus locations. Generally, off-campus locations only have two or three specific areas of service.

How often: Generally, high school volunteers will volunteer once a week for at least three hours. However, as long as you have time in your schedule, you can volunteer multiple days as well. Also, you are allowed to miss up to two days every three months unless you have a valid excuse to miss more. If your absent too often, you be asked to leave.

Fun Rating: Volunteering at Miami Children’s is a lot of fun. In the Hospitality Cart, you work with a group of 4 to 6 people, which enables you to learn cooperation skills, and have an excuse to make new friends. Although during afternoon shifts most of the volunteers are high school students, every now and then an unexpected adult is added to the group, which is nice because how often does one get to work with an adult who isn’t their boss or supervisor? Another great aspect is the happiness the cart brings to families. Very often the parents mention that they had been waiting for us and their faces light up when they see us. It’s also a great way to get your hours done since it becomes part of your schedule and the hours accumulate without realizing. Volunteers also get a $7 meal card at the end of their shift, which you can use to buy anything from the cafeteria.

Service Series: Adrienne Arsht Center

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In the second installment of this series, we talk about volunteering at the Adrienne Arsht Center. If you have ever been to a performance there, you may have noticed the army of ushers helping guests around the performance hall and to their seats. Did you know that all these people in green vests are volunteers? You could be one of them!

What you do: The main job for volunteers is ushering people to their seats, helping people to restrooms during intermission, and making sure there is no cellphone use during the show. For this you will need to attend a preliminary orientation so that you will learn the way the seats are numbered, how to properly hand out a program, etc…

Where: Performances take place both at the concert hall and the ballet opera house. Both of these are in Downtown Miami, accessible through public transportation, and not too far from DASH.

How often: There are shows almost every day of the week. At the beginning of each season you are able to reserve a spot for the shows you would like to work, which makes the schedule very flexible.

Fun Rating: The volunteer staff is primarily of the elderly persuasion, but that doesn’t make the work any less fun. Even if you aren’t into bonding with seniors, getting to watch the shows is a huge perk. Mind you, it is impossible to see an entire show in one volunteer session, but you can work a certain performance for two or three days running and eventually see the entire thing. Not to mention the fact that volunteers get free a set of free tickets once they hit seventy hours. If you have any interest in Broadway, jazz, theater or opera, this is the volunteer job for you.

Service Series: Breakthrough Miami

We all need to get our community service requirements in, and the sooner the better. Not to mention all the scholarship and extracurricular points that come with having those credentials on your college application. This Service Series is here to help inform you about the community service opportunities that DASH students have taken advantage of.

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What you do: Teach a class of young students. Sometimes you are given pre-prepared lesson materials, but as you gain experience your coordinator will let you create a lesson on the topic of your choosing.

Where: Breakthrough campuses are located at five different sites: Ransom Everglades, Miami Country Day, Carrollton, Palmer Trinity and Cushman, and International Studies Charter High School

How often: Every other Saturday during the school year, and full-time during their summer program weeks.

Other: Breakthrough is relatively well known, and its reputation may help you get a job or an internship somewhere else. The work requires commitment and dedication, but Breakthrough itself may give you the opportunity to get a paid summer internship with them. One summer or even a school year teaching for them will get you above and beyond your Bright Futures community service requirements, and will be a great project to write about when it comes to describing your personal experiences to colleges.

Fun Rating: All the other teachers are Breakthrough are either in high school and in college, and tend to be friendly and outgoing. Think of it as summer camp– Breakthrough involves all sorts of spirit cheers and dances, as well as outdoor and indoor activities with the kids. Getting to know your students is a really rewarding experience, so if you’re a person who likes children, you will certainly enjoy working at Breakthrough.

Donate a Painting to Save a Life

DASH junior Matie Iribarren has a long history of community service through mission trips. Right now, she is asking for submissions of 2-D art to be sold at the Gomez Mulet (La Boheme) Gallery to benefit a 19-month-old girl named Merillisa Zpata Cruz. Merillisa was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a type of liver cancer, when she was two months old, and after five cycles of chemotherapy she has an 85% chance of being cured if the tumor is surgically removed from her liver.

Merillisa comes from an impoverished region of the Dominican Republic, and because her family cannot afford the surgery, she will be flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital if 20 to 40 thousand dollars are raised for her operation.

Interested in donating a piece? Email a photo of the 2D artwork you would like to donate along with a title and size to themaite@msn.com before Thursday, November 7th. Fourteen hours of community service will be awarded for each painting donated. If you have any questions regarding what to submit feel free to ask Maite Iribarren.