A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way: Globe University Students Learn the Value of Volunteering

Thanks to the efforts of Global Citizenship students at Globe University-Madison West, many senior citizens’ days became a bit brighter. For their service and applied learning project, students, in cooperation with Middleton Outreach Ministry, visited residents at Segoe Terrace and Voss Haus, to assist them with household chores and help them shop at the mobile food pantry.

For some students, this was their first experience in volunteer work. Throughout their quarter, students in Global Citizenship explored the importance of community and responsibilities as a global citizen, discussed local and global social issues and needs and examined how technology can facilitate action and community responsiveness. By volunteering for Middleton Outreach Ministry, students were able to practice active citizenship and social responsibility.

When asked to reflect on their experiences, students shared their thoughts.

“It’s really great to know that I made such a difference to someone I’d never met before today. The way her face lit up from just a little cleaning so that now her friends can come over and socialize really made me glad to know that I helped make that happen. She was so happy we were there and she was such a joy to chat with. I’m glad I had the opportunity to do this,” shared Amber Dawson, Globe University student in the Accounting program.

“This experience was so wonderful, I wish I could come back and do it again. This has helped me realize how my time can be put to good use and be so appreciated. Service learning is something everyone should experience,” stated Rachel Wenger, student in the Health Fitness Specialist

“I learned people need help even behind closed doors. I also learned how people can really appreciate a helping hand. A little kindness can go a long way,” shared Thomas Salmon, student who is studying in the Forensic Accounting program.

“This was an important and educational experience because it taught me that one person is all it takes to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Coua Lor, student in the Medical Assistant program.

“I found it valuable to see how people outside my normal frame of reference live. This experience provided insight into dealing with clients in different circumstances,” Shared Sheryl Jones, student in the Veterinary Technology program.