iSERVE is a pathway to mobilize students, staff, parents, and community partners to engage in activism by completing community service projects. Students have the opportunity to connect with a plethora of other diverse, committed students –and work alongside schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community organizations, national service programs, and adult mentors– to address the region's most critical issues and change their communities.
- Who attends? Our programming is designed for students, parents, and community members across the Appalachian region.
- When is it? iSERVE 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 (in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day)
- What is the cost? Participation is 100% free. Participants are only asked to provide their own transportation to/from the service site.
2019 FOCUS AREA
Food Insecurity & Hunger
2019 PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The iBELIEVE Foundation, in collaboration with Fairfield Local Schools, Ohio University, The University of Tennessee: Knoxville, and West Virginia University will host a one-day, expense-free, fun-filled service opportunity for students and community members to participate in. Our goal is to bring people, across the region, together for a crazy fun Feed-the-Funnel party to pack thousands of delicious, healthy meals for local food pantries across the Appalachian region. Meals packed in the community, by the community, for the community! Feed-the-Funnel is a collaborative service learning project engineered by The Pack Shack, a 501(c)3 dedicated to eliminating food deprivation.
WHY THIS FOCUS AREA
In Appalachia, more than one-fourth of children face food insecurity. Children in the region face food insecurity and relatively high rates of obesity, which can negatively affect their health. The impact of these shortages is most often felt among low-income children, who face numerous barriers to reliable sources of healthy foods. While there are federal and state programs that try to address child food insecurity, many low-income Appalachian children face participation barriers such as limited community participation and inadequate transportation.
OUR ACTION PLAN
A vast region, such as Appalachia, demands creative approaches that use technology, mobile health options, and food distribution and local health promotion events to improve access to care. A foundation of consistent access to adequate and healthy food is vital to ensuring our children live healthy and successful lives. Thus, The iBELIEVE Foundation has partnered with The Pack Shack, Fairfield Local Schools (Ohio), Ohio University, The University of Tennessee: Knoxville, and West Virginia University to host four Feed-the-Funnel parties, to pack thousands of delicious, healthy meals to be distributed across the Appalachian region.
2019 iSERVE LOCATIONS & TIMES
Each event will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 (in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day)
- Fairfield Local High School - 11611 OH-711 Leesburg, OH 45135 -
- Ohio University - Athens, Ohio 45701 -
- The University of Tennessee: Knoxville - Knoxville, TN 37996 -
- West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV 26506 -
PROJECT OBJECTIVE & GOALS
- Increase youth and community engagement for a collaborative day of giving;
- Provide local residents an opportunity to be civically engaged in their community;
- Educate the Appalachian community about food insecurity within the region;
- Package and provide over 50,000 meals to be distributed across the region; and
- Build a strong network of proactive student leaders to create one voice for Appalachia
We encourage you to share your experience with us on social media with #iSERVEiB.
- DaVonti' Haynes, Assistant Director of Operations
- Intellectual Development
- Personal Growth
- Deeper Thinking (Reflection)
- Moral & Ethical Development
- Social & Civic Responsibility
- iSERVE projects provide students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge, via service-learning experiences, and to understand the subject matter and the application of knowledge deeply.
- Participating in iSERVE projects provide students a chance to evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses. Personal growth come from exploring, identifying, and learning and that's what iSERVE projects are all about.
Deeper Thinking (Reflection)
- Post event reflection offer students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the service, as well as how the service activity is related to their community, social issues, and their career objectives/goals.
Moral & Ethical Development
- iSERVE projects provide students an opportunity to enhance their ability to empathize and see issues from another's perspective, anchored by a sense of justice, for all.
Social & Civic Responsibility
- iSERVE provide students an outlet to become active citizens within their community. By engaging in social and civic responsibility, iBELIEVE students ensure and uphold certain democratic values across their community.
- iSERVE projects are highly collaborative in nature and involves strategic and intentional partnerships with other non-profits, universities, high schools, and community partners to ensure each project is relevant and beneficial to both the community and our students.
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