My Time At The High Plains Food Bank Essay

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I chose to spend my three hours of volunteer time at the High Plains Food Bank. I’ve always heard about the many families they help there, as it was getting closer to thanksgiving, I wanted to see how I could help. During my time at the food bank I observed a lot of verbal communication, cultural differences, and interpersonal conflict. People communicate with other people every day, but communicating effectively is what matters. I have been developing my communication skills throughout the semester, and decided to put them to the test. Wilmot (DeVito, 2003) defines interpersonal communication as “the verbal and nonverbal interaction between two interdependent people (somtimes more)” (p.3). This happens between almost everybody throughout the day. At the food bank we were communicating using verbal communication. I quickly learned that most the people were there because they had court ordered community service. However, there were three, including myself, who were there because it was required for school. I was the only one that was there for a communications class, the other two were there for an economics class. To start a conversation, I always start by asking a simple question, and hope to build a conversation upon that question. Sometimes I’ll ask if they have children, if they attend school, or where they are from. For parents it’s always easy to talk about their kids. Communicating effectively is very important. In order to do so, one should always avoid…

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