Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gearing Up 2014 - Highlights from Last Summer

       Summer 2014 includes many repeat organizations from summer 2013. Habitat for Humanity was a favorite of some of the interns last summer. The interns repaired a roof and did weatherization in a crawl space under a house. The work was challenging and somewhat terrifying! Habitat for Humanity helps families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security by providing affordable, no-profit housing. S.I.S. 2014 interns will work with Habitat for Humanity during their first week.
If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, check out their website!

      Queens University of Charlotte has a sustainable and systemic change partnership with Sedgefield Elementary, a Title 1 elementary school. S.I.S. Summer 2013 helped organize an Accelerated Reader (AR) Celebration for Sedgefield students and S.I.S. Summer 2014 will help with that again this summer. Interacting with Sedgefield students is exciting both for the Queens interns and volunteers and for the students at the elementary school. A fun time is guaranteed to be had by all!
If you are interested in learning more about Sedgefield Elementary, check out their website!

     Supportive Housing Communities' goal is to put a permanent end to homelessness and to do so in a way that creates dignity, hope, and community. Last summer, Queens students attended a Relapse Prevention Meeting on site and also enjoyed fellowship with the residents of Supportive Housing Community. They played games and relaxed  with the residents. The S.I.S. interns learned about issues facing the residents and issues within the Charlotte community. Residents were able to share their stories with college students who were eager to learn about them.
If you are interested in gaining more knowledge about or volunteering at Supportive Housing Communities, check out their website!