My Experience Of Volunteering: Different Experience And Social Work

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Volunteering can be done in many different ways and places. By volunteering you get to have a lot of different experiences and learning opportunities. I have always participated in volunteering whenever I could get involved since junior high. I think it is important to understand the experience of volunteering when going into a field like social work, this will overall improve our abilities to do our jobs to our best. I spent a lot of time this semester volunteering at the local Food Pantry and Thrift Store at St Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store. I also did some hours at the Salvation Army and went to events like the Clothesline Project and open court. I think that my experience at the Food Pantry and Thrift Store are examples of mezzo …show more content…
This event is very eye opening and I do believe it is important for not only social work students but everyone to attend once in their life. As social workers we need will be working with the people who create the shirts and the more experience we have and understand about this we will be able to help. Another event I went to was open court. As social worker court is a place we might have to spend a lot of time at so it is important we understand the process of how things work. In this court session I ended up hearing about a child neglect and abuse. This experience was very helpful and will be throughout my career. I also spent some time volunteering at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. This is again kind of like the St Joseph’s Thrift Store. I tagged and priced a lot of clothes to go out. I helped clean up the store to look nice. My interaction was limited but one that sticks out to me is one elderly lady was dropping off items and told us a little story. She said her dad had fought in World War I and she said he would tell her how the Salvation Army was out there handing out free food and things to the soldiers. The lady said her dad told her if she was ever going to give any place that the Salvation Army was the right place. She told us that she has been donating since. This interaction was very positive, I enjoyed listening to the lady’s story and I think it I will always look back and remember …show more content…
Mezzo social work to me is dealing with smaller groups and trying to help them. The food pantry serves a lot of people but Grand Forks County is a smaller chuck when thinking about it nationally or worldwide. During my volunteering I think every aspect was important to social workers. One piece of the Social Work Code of Ethics I pair with helping at the food pantry is 1.07 Privacy and Confidentiality. This part is important because people need to feel safe and protected while coming there. They need to know that the person helping is not going to go tell everyone that they were in the pantry. During my experience at the food pantry I learning a lot professionally like the ones who use the food pantry are not always the ones you would think. This made me realize that you cannot judge or stereotype people in certain groups. On a personal level I became a better person. I always felt better after volunteering a couple hours at the pantry. Some people were so grateful to receive the food which makes every minute volunteering worth

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