Jessica Fedin '17
Hillel Intern, Webmaster
Hometown: Brooklyn, NYRead the full interview
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 multiple programs that serve the senior citizen community. Volunteers meet with senior citizens to play cribbage, share stories and chat, and attend potluck dinners and social events. Other volunteers may meet with seniors one-on-one.
Good Neighbors assists in improving community outreach and awareness for Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction, VT. The clinic provides free primary care for uninsured or underinsured Upper Valley residents. Volunteers create and distribute promotional materials such as flyers, and fundraises for larger outreach event.
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.
Runners Stick Together works at Hartford High School in White River Junction, VT to create lasting relationships between mentors and mentees through running and other athletic activities. Running provides an opportunity for reflection and problem solving, and RST instills confidence, empathy, and appreciation of the sport. All participants set goals, and seek to achieve them with support from one another (mentors and mentees!).
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: 4/23/14