Week 6, Day 5: Brittany Tuggle at MIFA

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Like many Memphians, I’ve long known about MIFA’s mission but have never taken the opportunity to participate in their volunteer programs. That all changed this morning when I set off to deliver Meals on Wheels with the help of my driver – and Volunteer Odyssey founder – Sarah.

It took about 15 minutes to pick up the meals and receive my route. I had one cooler of hot food and another cooler of cold food. MIFA makes the volunteer process seamless from start to finish. I had Sarah, as my partner and driver today. I double checked to make sure I had five complete meals, directions, and donation envelope. Once everything was packed, it was time to go on a Friday morning adventure.

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My route only had five houses, and it gave me a chance to explore the midtown area.  Each home I visited, the residents were happy to see me. As soon as the door opened, I was greeted with a smile.  With a greeting like that, I couldn’t help but smile back. I felt happy and humbled at the same time. I asked them how they were doing and if they needed anything else. I also gave them a donation envelope that could be picked up during their next food delivery. They were very thankful for the meal and drink.

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Taking the time to have real conversations with the residents we visited serves another purpose beyond helping maintain their sense of community; it also allows the volunteers to keep MIFA updated on how those residents are doing and if they may need a bit of extra help.

After our midtown exploration, Sarah and I  returned our route sheet and coolers to MIFA. The process was short, and easy, but despite how little time it took it was still very rewarding.  I got to meet new people, make sure they had a hot meal, and it felt good to be able to do something nice for someone else.

MIFA delivers meals Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. If you have an hour or two to spare one day, MIFA would love to have you volunteer. Thank you to the wonderful staff at MIFA for their hard work. I plan on going back soon to do more deliveries.

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Week 6, Day 4: Brittany Tuggle at Church Health Center

Today I stepped way out of my comfort zone by cooking and trying tofu. I rarely have the chance to cook at home,  and I have never eaten tofu.

I volunteered my limited culinary talents to one of the Church Health Center’s cooking classes. The center also offers many fitness classes and events for the entire family. Church Health Center is a great place to learn how to make small changes in your diet can make a big difference. All of the recipes featured in the class are quick, healthy, and easy to prepare.Both dishes were under 200 calories per serving and took less than an hour to make. On today’s menu was a delicious orange chili tofu with broccoli and a creamy chocolate mousse made with silken tofu.

The cooking instructors, Carolyn and Jimmy, explained to a skeptical class the benefits of using tofu as a protein substitute. Once we learned about how its lack of strong flavor or smell makes it easy to incorporate it into any of our favorite recipes, we came around to how versatile an ingredient it could be. Carolyn also told us that tofu has a longer shelf life than meat, which cuts down on food costs.

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Throughout the morning, Carolyn explained that different types of tofu and their usefulness in different types of dishes. She also explained that cooking the same kind of food can get boring, so they try to provide a variety of recipes in the class. The cost of today’s meal, $20, can feed up to 6.

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To help make sure that no one was intimidated, Carolyn also provided meal plans with the recipes. The meal plans were 1600 calories per day, and included 3 meals and a snack.

After all the chopping, melting, and mixing, we were finally ready to taste the final product.  The orange chili tofu was savory. I could taste the citrus and just a kick of the chipotle chili. It was better than I expected. The tofu was chewy but it tasted good! The chocolate mousse was rich and sweet. It had the same consistency as pudding, but more chocolate flavor. Both dishes got rave reviews from the class. Everyone enjoyed the food, and the idea of tofu for dinner did not seem so terrible. It was amazing how a 20 dollar meal stretched with 10 people. There were even leftovers.

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Thank you to the Church Health Center Wellness team for teaching an amazing class and for sending me home with a few smoothie recipes. The cooking classes are on Thursdays and open to the public. I had a good time, I learned that tofu is a healthy addition to any meal–especially when you add melted chocolate and organic sugar. I will definitely try both recipes at home once my cooking skills improve.

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Week 6, Day 3: Brittany Tuggle at SRVS

Today, I had the chance to be artistic with the wonderful people at SRVS. SRVS’s mission is to help adults with disabilities by increasing their sense of independence. SRVS accomplishes this by providing them a safe, comfortable environment and teaching methods that are focused on self-correcting activities. I have visited the center before, but I actually had a chance to help out in the Learning Center.

I worked with a small group of gentleman, and we painted on large pieces of recycled cardboard. When I went to recruit my group, I immediate got a hug from William, who was excited to come paint with me. Once I had my group, we got started with our masterpieces. We helped each other figure out what we were going to paint. I was really impressed by their skills.

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One of my group members, Christopher, kept me in check while I was painting my stripes, which really helped because I have never been able to stay inside the lines. 

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After art class was over, I got a chance to actually participate in a classroom. I had the chance to spend some one-on-one time with Ernest. We did puzzles and played games that were stimulating his gross and fine motor skills. While the games were simple, he really seemed to enjoy himself. He did all the puzzles himself with very little help from  me. And he was proud of it.  His positive energy rubbed off on me and we just kept having fun until it was time for me to leave. I even walked with him to lunch, which is held in this beautiful area that had a piano and a stage. Everyone knew who he was, clearly Ernest is loved and admired.

 

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I had a great time today as SRVS. I never saw anyone frown the entire time I was there. Even just walking around, there were so many activities and lessons being taught. The staff is dedicated to making sure everyone is being included at all times and they are doing things for themselves. I was leave SRVS feeling happy because I know that these men and women are being cared for and they are doing things that wouldn’t be possible if this amazing organization wasn’t around.

A huge thank you to Allison, Volunteer and Activities Coordinator, who allowed me to enjoy arts and crafts with my group today.

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Week 6, Day 2: Brittany Tuggle at Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis, Inc.

Today was my second day with Volunteer Odyssey. I spent the morning at the Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis. The center provides activities and care for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Everyone who enters the center is considered a friend, no one is just a volunteer, a participant, an employee. Calling someone a friend makes you feel comfortable and welcomed.

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As I was taking the tour, I noticed that it was one large space but divided in different areas.   There was a fish tank and bird cage full of finches. There was a game room, arts and crafts, a kitchen. Each group of friends had several nurses with then. The nursing staff keeps everyone entertained, active, and happy. I read the morning newspaper to my group of friends, I asked them their thoughts on the topic. We had a good time. I was fortunate to participate in the morning sing-a-long which is about 30 minutes. It was good to see how no matter where any group was located in the room, they were all singing together. I helped with their exercises which are focused on fine motor skills.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After volunteering with several groups, it was time for me to put myself in their shoes. I participated in the Dementia Sensitivity Experience. The purpose of the experience was to truly understand how someone with Dementia does everyday tasks we take for granted.

My hands were in prickly gloves, the sensation was strange. My fingers were taped together to give me the feeling of having arthritis  I had on these goggles that were blacked out around my peripheral area, and there were black dots in front of my eyes. I couldn’t really see. I was also given insoles that were prickly too! The final piece of “garb” was a set of noise cancelling headphones that played a talk show or white noise that I couldn’t really understand.

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After I was all dressed up, I was taken to a darkened room where I was given a set of tasks to complete in 5 minutes.  I could not remember my  tasks. I couldn’t pick up something as small as a napkin. I dropped silverware. I couldn’t see plates that were right in front of me. I attempted to fold socks, that was so frustrating. I felt myself becoming more agitated. I mean, I know how to fold socks. I felt tears starting to form. Why in the world could I not remember? All of a sudden, time was up!It was the longest 5 minutes of my life.photo (1)

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When I took the post survey, I had a better idea of how someone with Dementia felt. The facilitator shared with me what tasked I completed, which was not very many. I told her I felt confused, frustrated, and agitated. If I felt that only after 5 minutes. I can only imagine how someone lives with feeling like that every day. The Dementia Sensitivity Experience is something I highly recommend to anyone. If you’ve ever been curious about what it’s like. If there is a family member who has Dementia. It made me more aware of the friends I met earlier today.

I had an eventful day. It was an eye-opening experience. I am actually going back tomorrow to help with an event called, Forget Me Not. The event takes people through the Dementia Sensitivity Event. It will be very interesting to see how other people feel after the activity is over.

I am very grateful to the Alzheimer’s Day Services staff and the wonderful friends I met today.

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Epilogue: Samantha Hicks

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At the risk of sounding completely dramatic, I have to admit that my Volunteer Odyssey week is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. When I really think about this fact I am ashamed. I feel awful knowing that volunteering for one simple week has completely surpassed any volunteer work I have done in the past. Sure, I have helped out with events here and there but I have never really devoted much time to the efforts.  Throughout my week I can say with 100% certainty that I gained so much more from the experience than I gave. I have been introduced to and learned about tons of non-profit agencies throughout the city. I have also had the privilege of meeting tons of new people; ranging from fellow volunteers to newspaper reporters. All of these people have taught me invaluable things about living in Memphis.

I have returned to one of my placement sites to volunteer since finishing my odyssey week and I hope to continue helping more of the agencies in the future. One thing that has kept me from volunteering in the past is the thought of dragging my three year old along. I now know that there are tons of opportunities for me and my daughter to volunteer together. My hope is that she grows up with the feeling of awe one gets from volunteering.

If any of you have been following my previous blogs you know that I have been on the hunt for a job recently. I am very, very, very, happy to announce that thanks to Volunteer Odyssey and the direct and indirect networking I did through the program, I received several leads that followed through to job interviews! It gets even BETTER! That doesn’t seem possible, right? Well, you are looking (okay, maybe not actually looking) at one of the new social workers employed by Ave Maria House. In case you are wondering, Ave Maria is a Catholic based nursing home in Bartlett. I won’t tell you too much about it right now….maybe one day you will read about it from a new blogger :) My daughter is especially happy about this as she now gets to go to big girl school. Apparently I am not very fun to stay at home with.

I guess this is farewell for now. Maybe we will meet again one day if I am selected for some kind of “Volunteer Odyssey All-Stars”.

From Volunteer Odyssey:

We LOVED working with Sam and we wish her all the best in her new role. And she’s right – we think you’ll see a lot more of her! Congratulations, Sam!!!

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Week 6, Day 1: Brittany Tuggle at Knowledge Quest

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Today is my first Volunteer Odyssey and I had the opportunity to visit Knowledge Quest. Knowledge Quest is an after-school program that has 3 different campuses in the South Memphis area. When I pulled up, all I could see were little kids smiling and playing! I was given the honor to hang out with 4th and 5th graders for the day. There were 9 kids in my group, and they made me feel right at home.

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Today was a very special day at Knowledge Quest.  It was graduation day!!! Students who were entering elementary, middle, and high school were recognized today. All of the kids in the program came to the Gaston Community Center location for the ceremony. It was just a happy place to be. There were student presentations showcasing the talent of Knowledge Quest.

 

20130520_160630  One group of boys performed their drum circle routine. They were taught by a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. They created a chant and had the audience  participate. I found myself getting into it. I was clapping, snapping, and chanting along with everyone else.

20130520_161550 One young child gave a speech that spoke about what he wanted his community to be when he grew up and how he was going to help. He was little nervous, but he got through it. Once he was finished, he had the biggest smile on his face.

Each campus gave out awards and called the names of students who were moving on to the next level. I was standing and clapping after they were finished that one of the kids in my group asked me, “Do you know one the kids up there?” I told her no, but I was excited because they are moving to a new adventure at a new school and I know they are going to love it.

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U.S. Attorney for the Western Tennessee District, Edward Stanton III, was today’s speaker. Mr. Stanton, a Memphis native, has met President Obama and is an example of how continuing an education can lead you to anywhere you want.

Mr. Stanton shared with the students the 3 C’s: Conduct, Character, and Company. Mr. Stanton told them that with good conduct, character, and company that there was nothing they could not be when they grow up. Judging by the amount of raised hands, there are a lot of future doctors and teachers at Knowledge Quest.

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I was inspired today. Knowledge Quest is helping young children embrace their natural talents and ensuring they continue to excel in their education. I appreciate Ms. Toria Brown, Site Director, and her staff for allowing me to tag along today.

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Week 5, Day 7: Samantha Hicks at The Dorthy Day House of Hospitality

I woke up on day 7 feeling kind of weird knowing it was my last day with the program. I IMAG1433know that this does not have to mean it will be my last time volunteering or anything but Sarah and Volunteer Odyssey made it so easy for me to volunteer. I can only hope I am able to gather enough self-discipline to keep a few hours of volunteering in my weekly routine. The feeling that comes with helping others is wonderful and definitely something I would like to continue. My goal is that when you hear from me again I am able to report that I have continued in what I believe is my duty as a resident of Memphis and am still helping others in the community.

Okay, on to day 7. On this day I spent my evening at the Dorthy Day House of Hospitality. My husband, daughter, and I spent a couple of hours simply visiting with the residents of the house. We stayed for prayer and dessert hour and pretty much talked while the kids played. It honestly felt like we were visiting a friend’s home on a Sunday evening. If you don’t already know, the Dorthy Day House is the only shelter in Memphis that is willing to take in homeless family. All of the other shelters force families to separate. Can you IMAG1437imagine being a single mother of a thirteen year old boy and being forced to separate from him in order to have a place to stay at night? This happens all of the time in our city (as well as other cities). Most shelters simply will not agree to take both males and females in the same facility. The Dorthy Day House is an exception to this rule. This shelter which resides in a beautiful home built in the early 1900’s is equipped to house three families. The home is beautiful and feels exactly as it should, like a home. If you have ever visited a shelter you are aware that although the facility might try to and make the residents stay feel “homey”, it just doesn’t usually happen. After all, how can it feel like home when you have to shower at a scheduled time after waiting in a long line and eat with 100 other people cafeteria style. I have hear many people who have stayed in shelters in other states describe staying in a shelter as being in prison. The residents at the DDH have one large room per family, a large dining room, a great room, a play/computer room, and an amazing kitchen where families are free to cook their family’s favorite meals. The DDH is 100% funded by donations from private donors and is run almost entirely by volunteers. This means that they do not receive finding from and local or state programs and are currently not funded by any grants. It is amazing to think that there are citizens in Memphis that have been gracious enough to provide this programIMAG1436 with so much.

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Week 5, Day 6: Samantha Hicks at The Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Day 6 was a different type of volunteer experience for me. My assigned duties for all of the previous days have been doing something directly with individuals. Today I was at the Habitat Restore working both alone and with another volunteer (Atina, a veteran member of Volunteer Odyssey) on a project that would hopefully help the store to raise more money for Habitat for Humanity.IMAG1429  If you don’t know what the Restore is, here is the run down. Community members and businesses donate unwanted items ranging from clothing to kitchen cabinets to be sold at the store. The money made at the store goes to fund the Memphis area Habitat for Humanity projects. It’s that simple! My job on day 6 was to pick out an object in the store and give it a makeover! The hope is that the store will make more money on the newly remade item than they would have in its previous state.  I chose to work on cute white bench. It was the perfect size for a morning project.  I am very happy with how it turned out considering I used materials found around the selves of the store.  What do you think? Pretty cute if I say so myself!IMG_0118IMAG1431

The day I spent my time at Restore, it was full of volunteers! Everyone was working very hard on jobs ranging from cleaning the furniture on the floor of the store to assembling items in the back. Joe, an employee, explained to me that they have lots of people and groups from the community come to help out.IMAG1427 They also require the homeowners who are receiving services from Habitat for Humanity to work a total of 300 sweat equity hours per adult. Many of these hours are clocked in at the restore. Joe made it clear to me that it would not be possible for the store to run so smoothly without the volunteers. They provide endless man hours that are NOT taken for granted! So, if you want to spend a few hours working with great people (and maybe do a little thrift shopping yourself), contact Restore. They welcome and are grateful for all of their volunteers!

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Week 5, Day 5: Samantha Hicks at MIFA

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photo (7)On day 5 I woke up bright and early and headed to meet Sarah (a fellow volunteer and the founder of Volunteer Odyssey) at MIFA. I actually didn’t know what MIFA stood for until that morning. Thanks to a quick history lesson from Sarah, I now know that MIFA was formed in the late 1960’s when community members band together to find a way to fight poverty and racial division in the Memphis area. MIFA started the meals on wheels program in Memphis in 1974 and has been serving hot meals to citizens 5 days a week ever since. Today the meals on wheels program feeds 1,800 seniors in Memphis! Many of these meals are delivered by volunteers.

Thanks to the very organized and detail oriented staff at MIFA, the process of volunteering was extremely easy.

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Step 1: Walk into MIFA and receive your route assignment

Step 2: Load your car with the coolers marked with your route number (one cooler for hot food and one for cold)

Step 3: Follow the step by step directions on your route sheet in order to get to the first house

Step 4: Give the senior at the home the food and drink

Step 5: Repeat steps 3&4

After you have finished delivering all of your meals, ten in total, you head back to MIFA and return their cooler. That is it!
The entire process only takes about an hour and a half from start to finish and you have done an amazing thing for ten people!

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Everyone on my route was very nice and thankful to be receiving the food. There wasn’t a single individual who wanted to stand and chat with me which was kind of disappointing. You know, since I like to talk and all. But, I can imagine that with some of the routes you might encounter a few individuals who don’t mind or might even be eager to have an early morning, cheery conversation. After all, for some of these people you might be the only person they see all day. Think about that for a second will you? I don’t know about you all but for me that thought helped me to keep a big smile on my face while greeting the recipients. If I was only going to see one person all day I for sure would want it to be a smiling, happy person!

 

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Have I mentioned I “saved” a newborn kitten on my venture with meals on wheels? No? Well, no biggie. I save newborn animals all of the time. Okay, maybe this is the first but I was pretty excited to be able to help the little kitty out. Long story short, the poor thing had fallen out of its kitty house and was lying abandoned on the porch. I simply picked it up and returned it to its mother and siblings. When helping with meals on wheels things like this are likely to happen on a much larger scale every once in a while. For instance, there have been times when a meal recipient hasn’t responded to the knock at the door. After a call made by the volunteer back to the MIFA hub a family members is reached and goes for a visit. The family member finds that the senior has fallen and needs to go to the hospital.

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Thanks to the dedication of the meals on wheels program and their staff and volunteers, an even more serious issue has been avoided. As a volunteer for this program you are doing so much more than simply delivering food. You are delivering a smile and a “have a good day” to a person who might otherwise not hear it all day. You are also in a sense checking up on the individuals to make sure that they are okay. For some people, you might be delivering the only meal they will have that entire day. That one reason alone is enough to persuade me to return to MIFA in the future.

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Week 5, Day 4: Samantha Hicks at Knowledge Quest

Okay, I don’t mean to be over the top or anything but today was AMAZING! On day 4 I had the opportunity to hang out with the awesome kids and staff Knowledge Quest. Once again, being new to the area, I did not know much about the program. When I pulled up to the campus there were children running around everywhere playing and releasing energy after a long day at school. Across the street was a very large garden area where community members were working tilling the ground. There were flowers, fruits, and vegetables planted in these amazing raised garden beds. It was a sunny day and everyone, kids included, seemed to really enjoy being there.

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I was given the grand tour by Andy from whom I learned about the awesome things that were going on there. Knowledge quest is spread out into several different campus (there are hopes of being in one large facility one day). These campuses welcome neighborhood children to come and hang out after school. By hang out I mean enjoy a healthy snack (ranging from white meat chicken nuggets to a turkey sandwich on wheat accompanied by low fat milk and a piece of fruit), get exercise, receive tutoring and educational services from certified teachers, and learn about different things including community and music. Children are welcome to come and stay from the time they are released from school until 6 o’clock in the evening. Many of these children would be what you might call “latch key” kids if it weren’t for the center. I asked one fifth grade girl if she went to a babysitter’s house after school before she started coming to Knowledge Quest. She looked at me kind of funny and said “well no. I babysat my cousins after school.” This was coming from an 11 year old little girl. What a relief it must be for her to be able to go to Knowledge Quest after school where she can play with friends and work on her homework without all of the responsibility! Did I mention that all of these services are free to the families?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Once again, AMAZING! Knowledge Quest is staffed by both full time and part time employees. They also receive lots of help from the community members and families. On this particular day there were both teenagers, adults from the community, and parents volunteering their time to help out with the children.

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The girls were beyond sweet. They asked lots of questions and were very interested in what I was doing there. They also thought I was 17 or 18 years old which was especially sweet! This was a great opportunity for me because it is the perfect place for me to bring my daughter along! I hope to return with her in the next couple of weeks! Speaking of the next couple of weeks, summer break is right around the corner. This means that kids at Knowledge Quest will be there for their summer program which is every day of the week and includes before and after care. What am I trying to get at? Well, there is an extraordinary amount of need for volunteers during the summer. I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer than hanging out with these awesome kids! Have I mentioned that I can’t wait to go back?

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