I volunteered for a charity event put on by UT's Women in Medicine called Hungry for Hope. It was absolutely amazing and so much fun. This is my second year in a row volunteering at this event and I love it still. I helped table to get the word out throughout the week and then spend 3 hours setting up/ breaking down the bake-off for charity event. Getting to hang out with the cool Marbridge residents was my favorite part. It was fun and all for a great cause!
Volunteered for Texas Two Step, a statewide basic CPR training (no certificates issued) run by medical professionals and medical students all over Texas. This particular event took place at Whole Foods on Lamar and it was a very educational experience. My duties were to read a script to inform people of why CPR is important to know, given that heart disease is the #2 killer in Texas, perform a hands-on chest compression demonstration on a dummy, and go over a the visitor's pre and post-test. Regardless of the fact that I am CPR certified, it was a great refresher because I learned the new changes that were added to the certificate. CPR has proven to save lives so it's a great skill to know and is very simple.
This volunteer event was for Hungry for Hope, a charity event hosted by UT Women in Medicine (WIM). I helped set up and break down the event as well as attended it. It was a bake sale/ donation to the Marbridge resident, a group home for mentally challenged adults, who attend each year. This is WIM's biggest annual charity, in which they have worked with them for awhile and have built a family with them. It was an honor to know that we could help others and see them smile and be so happy. All proceeds was presented to the residents in the form of an oversized check.
Mentor De-stress event at Webb Middle School
I hosted a pet therapy for young girls that members of GirlAdvocates mentor weekly at Webb Middle School. I brought a company that specializes in mini petting zoos to help de-stress the mentees after their week of STAAR testing. I helped pass out the animals given a certain protocol. All the students and faculties loved the little animals, and I really enjoyed putting this event on and seeing the look on everyone's faces.
Week of the Girl Speaker Panel:
My job was to find leaders in the Austin community, including ULN's very own John Newton and UT professors, that found success in their field. I was also to find food donations to provide dinner for the panelists and attendees. All donations collected that night also went towards sanitation products for girls and women living in poverty to help keep them in school
Week of the Girl
At this kick off event, I worked the photo and Girl Declaration table. Polaroid pictures were taken based off donations, and the funds that were raised was for sending girls in third world countries sanitation products to help keep them in school. I also shouted and promoted to get fellow students passing by Gregory Plaza to come and electrically sign the Girl Declaration which is basically a petition to get education for girls on to the agenda of the 2015 World Health Organization in the UK.
GirlAdvocates! "I Believe" Benefit Concert at Spiderhouse
This event was super fun and it raised a sum of money for a great cause. I worked the merchandise and donations table and got to enjoy a great lineup of music while working, so it hardly felt like work at all. All proceeds that was made that night including concert ticket sales was sent to help give sanitation products to girls and women in third world countries to help keep them in school.
I along with 4 other ladies volunteered at one of the many STEM booths for young children from K-8th grade. This month's activities focused on careers and I believe this exposure is so important for students at a young age. It introduces a future that they can imagine with many possible paths that they can begin to think about. It was very rewarding to help construct an igloo out of marshmallows and toothpicks as 'architects' with the kids, and so great to see the parents thank us for our enthusiasm and support. It was fun for everyone--parents, students, volunteers!