Tucker Student Spotlight
Laura Vang '15
Student Director for Conversations That Matter
Hometown: Memphis, TN
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Food and Shelter Issues
The purpose of Food and Shelter Issues programs is two-fold: First, these programs help to provide food and shelter to those in the Upper Valley who are unable to afford proper food and shelter. Secondly, these programs promote community awareness regarding issues of access to basic resources. Students participate in these programs on a variety of levels including physical labor, community outreach, and event-planning. These programs are ideal for those who are interested in working directly with, and improving the lives of, members of our surrounding communities.
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- Animal Care Enthusiasts (ACE) provides volunteer support for the Upper Valley Humane Society, an animal shelter in Enfield, NH. Volunteers visit the shelter to socialize the animals and assist the staff in any way possible. The mission is to help the animals at the shelter grow accustomed to human contact and get adopted, as well as to educate volunteers about the proper care and treatment of pets and animals.
- Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity works in collaboration with the Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity and local community members. The Dartmouth chapter of Habitat for Humanity takes part in all aspects of building a Habitat house, including fundraising, grant writing, family selection, and house construction! Depending on your interests, volunteering with Habitat could include organizing an on-campus fundraiser, hammering the frame of a house, researching grants, painting walls, and/or enjoying the outdoors. No experience necessary! Habitat for Humanity also seeks to raise awareness on campus about local housing issues through an educational program in local schools.
- Growing Change is a program that connects Dartmouth volunteers with the vibrant local agricultural community and builds on strong farm-to-school networks to teach youth about food systems and healthy eating. Volunteers also work with area farms and gleaning programs to support efforts to increase access to fresh produce among under-resourced communities.
- Haven Cooking Program is a program that cooks and serves healthy meals at the Hixon House at the Upper Valley Haven Homeless Shelter. Volunteers and guests share stories and form relationships, building bridges between students and those struggling with rural homelessness.
- Haven Homework Club is an after school homework program designed to provide tutoring and homework aid to families served by the Haven Homeless Shelter. Help a young person with his or her math homework, share a story, write a poem and have fun! This program allows you to be an important part of a child’s education.
- Students Fighting Hunger works to combat hunger in the Upper Valley and beyond. SFH seeks to raise awareness about local, national, and global hunger-related issues while meeting local needs through direct service. Volunteers coordinate weekly community dinners and organic awareness-raising events on campus. The weekly meal is free and open to anyone.
- WISE @ Dartmouth works with WISE of the Upper Valley to provide support services for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. Volunteers complete a 30-hour dual-state recognized training to be able to serve as advocates on the crisis hotline. Volunteers also organize awareness events on campus.