Sample Report Paper of the Service-Learning Project

A report of the service-learning project to help Marcela create a new home.

Part a:

A service-learning project is a crucial instructional component that enables the students to practice what they learned in class. The learners gained practical experiences on how to manage a project and ways of overcoming challenges that individuals face in their pursuit to add value to other people’s lives.

We launched a service learning project which worked with Room for change an organization that help  the poor and vulnerable people in the society to decorate their houses thus making them to have an enjoyable leaving environment just like any other citizen in Bay area. The organization always strives to make a difference in peoples’ lives by cultivating unique opportunities that exists in the industry of interior design in developing comfortable lifestyles customized to the owner’s preferences.

Our learning activities goal was to partner with the organization to help one of its clients, Marcella who was a student mother to decorate her home, which was in a deplorable condition. The team had a formal meeting with the community partner so as to put Marcella’s situation into perspective in order to align the whole project to the expected learning outcome.

The group targeted to raise $ 500 on behalf of the community partner so as to buy furniture and basic goods that will add value to Marcella’s life.

Various initiatives to raise the needed funds. We decided to put a link for donation on the social media, yard sales and checking into the restaurants to seek for donations. All these strategies had minimal returns. The member teams resorted to engage their family members and friends who deed a commendable job. Students were able to learn various techniques that can be used to raise funds for a community project and the challenges that come with the use of each strategy.

Part b: Clear description of objectives outlined at the beginning of the project

At the beginning of this service-learning project, our team’s goal is work with Room for Change organization and he helps their client Marcella creates a new home. Marcella is a college student and at the same time, she was a single mother. Marcella has a two years old baby and she was facing serious economic difficulty. In our first meeting with our community partner and Marcella, we understand the Marcella’s situation and the overall objectives for this service-learning project. In the early stage, our team’s goal was raising fund for our community partner in order to purchase furniture and all other basic living goods for Marcella. Our initial goal for amount of fund raising was 5000 US dollars. When we finish fundraising, our community partner will use the fund we raised to purchase furniture and other basic living goods for Marcella. In the end, our team will create and arrange the house together with our community partner and Marcella.

 

Part c: clear description of what the team actually did

Between February 7 and April 25th, we have worked with Rooms for Change, which is a non-profit agency, providing free of charge interior design services and home furnishings to youth emancipated from the foster care system in the Bay Area. Our main job is to raise funds and then give it to Karon who is our community partner to purchase furniture that needed by Marcella, who we helped this semester. In order to raise funds, we did the following things:

Share the donation link on social media,

This did not raise any money

Two yard sales.

In the first one, we sold lots of stuff such as special Chinese snacks we brought from China, Little plant, laptop desk, books and etc. we made $91 on the first yard sale. After reporting to Karon, she encouraged us to do a second yard sale. In the second one, one of our friends donated many cartoon figures, which deserves lots of money. In addition, we sold some nice clothes, a puzzle with frame, a garment rack etc.

Check with restaurants one by one.

Inspired by the other group that worked with Rooms for Change too and professor, we made a donation box with poster on it and then went to lots of restaurants and stores to ask for a donation. First, we went to those restaurants and stores on Geary.  Unexpectedly, we made $49 dollars in an hour. Then we went to Taraval St. A Chinese restaurant owned by USF student donated $50.

Ask our friends and family.

When we did not do well on the social media, Karon suggested that we could ask our friends and family. In fact, we got most of our funds from them. Many friends made a donation varying from $1 to $20. In addition, our family members have been supportive. They donated a lot.

 

Part d: Recommendations made to community partner

  1. change ways on fundraising

Our group had trouble getting funds for the cost of decoration of the house. At the beginning, the organization recommended us to do the fundraising at the public and ask random people at the street. We did try to go to ask random people and restaurant   fundraising at the street. However, many people refuse to donate their money, and even some owners of the restaurant ignore us. Our team slowly found out that it is hard to do the fundraising at the street. My team figured out that it is impossible to get enough money by collect fundraising at the street. Then, we tried to talk with the organization. They just said our teams need to do the fundraising by our own. If we did not get enough money, we got nothing to decorate the house.

After the entire team go through the factor of decision-making, we gradually find the way to solve this problem. We did identification, immersion, incubation, illumination, verification, and application. Our team finally founded that we ask friends and do the yard sale to get the funds.

Part g. What the team learned from the social justice perspective.

Participation of the team in the community work played a crucial role in helping the practice the theoretical knowledge on social justice that was learned in class. In addition, the practice enabled the team to be conscious of the experiences in the community and the current trends that will equip the team with the requisite knowledge on how to deal with the  contemporary issues in the society that are key in meeting the individual needs of people. Savant leadership is another aspect of social justice that the group learned in its quest to bring bringing hope to the vulnerable people in the society.

The team also gained attributes that advocates for societal change by being not only being concerned but also being actively being involved in deriving the change. There is the creation of attitudes that encourages equitable distribution of resources and opportunities to people in the society.

Part h. Impact of the team members’ involvement on future community services

Those individuals who took part in the project gained personal development skills. Self -individual participants in the project gained knowledge about the dynamics of the community projects. Attitudes that promotes spiritual reward while helping others was also cultivated as well as self- confidence while dealing with the activities of the project and personal interest. All these skills learned will promote their efficiency while undertaking future projects. Participants will also be equipped with skills on how to fundraise and how to deal with challenges that comes with the raising of the funds for a community project.