Michael Klein '14
Co-Chair of the Red Cross Club
Majors: Economics & Geography
Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
Local service programs in Health & Fitness provide students an opportunity to work with individuals and groups, and raise awareness related to specific causes or conditions. While these programs are mentor-based, they are also highly support-based in that they are often geared towards helping people with tasks that they are not physically able to do themselves. Volunteers will experience interaction with patients in need as well as collaboration with their respective healthcare programs.
Dartmouth CAPS (Cancer And Patient Services) through cooperation with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at DHMC, groups of volunteers are put in contact with individuals and families affected by cancer. Students help make the process of cancer treatment a little less challenging by aiding with chores such as grocery shopping and home maintenance. Volunteers also assist with tasks at the Upper Valley Hostel, which provides comfortable and affordable accommodations for individuals receiving treatment at area hospitals.
Generations Project encompasses numerous programs that serve the senior citizen community. Senior Companions matches nursing home residents with Dartmouth student companions. The Oral Histories project matches students with residents of senior apartment buildings to foster relationships and create oral histories. Intergenerational Internet offers one-on-one computer and internet training to seniors through senior and community centers.
Red Cross Club is a project that aims to heighten campus awareness of the term's blood drive and encourage students and community members to donate blood. Volunteers advertise the dates of the drive and help organize the event itself. Members of this group coordinate shifts for community and student volunteers to register donors or help with the canteen.
Special Olympics provides people with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to enjoy sports activities and competition. Volunteers join these athletes for fun weekly outings such as bowling, and help plan major events such as the Winter & Summer Games.
STAR Mentoring Program is a project between Dartmouth students and adolescents with chronic illnesses or dis¬abilities in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas. Mentors serve as role models for these young adults with special needs, who experience social isolation due to their medical problems and may be apprehensive about the future.
Last Updated: 5/2/13