Read my Experience and my class mate experience and answer the question in a 2 to 3 pages essay do not copy and past please.
Reflection paper #4– Compare your experience with the service placement experience of the student you interviewed. What ways are they similar and different in participation on social justice and/or peace? What new insights did you gain from this interview to understand ways to participate more fully in civic life from comparing the two?
There are associations whose fundamentals is to help those in need and give assets to individuals from the community who are experiencing troublesome occasions. Lakeview Pantry is a non-profit community service organization whose primary mission is to eliminate hunger in the community it is serving, alongside raising awareness of poverty and hunger. I am going to start with my expectations, impressions, and the significant aspects that I experienced.
I did not have any specific kind of expectations beforehand. What was shocking to me is how the people at the organization are very hospitable, kind, and welcoming. They give the volunteer a cozy feeling of belonging without even knowing the names of the staff, yet the atmosphere in the pantry was engaging. The saying never judge a book by its cover, or in other words, judging someone by their outside look they seem all good together, but I can’t even imagine what they are dealing with from the inside. In my first day, I have encountered people who suffered from all kind of physical abuse, homelessness, and people that been laid-off from work. I have also come to appreciate everything that I have in my life from the roof over my head to the food in my stomach, and that some people are less fortunate than me. It also made me realize how privileged I am.
I learned so much from this experience my time so far at the pantry was divided into two lines of work. First, I helped with the food distribution team were we hand out food packages to our visitors in need. Second and for the most of my time so far I been helping the pantry to glean and unload donation that the pantry receives, alongside restocking shelves, and packaging the food to be delivered to the people hands.
the Lakeview pantry Mission is: “our mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.”
To my best understanding, the Lakeview pantry mission is one of the pillars that our curse is standing on which is justice for the weak. Being from the middle east, I can easily relate to the unjust regime. In my opinion, it is a shame to any country as wealthy as the United States to still face a massive crisis of poverty within its states
MY interviewed class mate experience :
When I first began volunteering in the ophthalmology department, I was a little uneasy because I wasn’t sure of what exactly my role was suppose to be. I gathered from the orientation that I was to assist the staff and any patients in need but how one offers help varies from department to department. I was made a handful of mistakes during my first few visits, such as mispronouncing a patient’s name or not keeping track of where certain technicians were. After the first month I had a firm understanding of what my role was as a volunteer.
I expected to learn how to navigate the hospital and learn through observation what the duties of a medical technician and an ophthalmologist are. What I was pleasantly surprised to learn was how to use a slit lamp (medical device that examines the retina), that the eyes needed to be dilated for a minimum of twenty minutes prior to examination, and how to perform YAG Vitreolysis (procedure to laser off eye floaters). These latter lessons were of course more academically focused.
In regard to social justice learning, I realized that the patients that come into the ophthalmology department are those with good health insurance coverage and/or have the means to afford treatment. There is a financial aid center in the department but after volunteering for nearly a year, I realized that not many patients have to see the financial counselor. After speaking with one of the residents, I learned that most patients who cannot afford to see an ophthalmologist, simply go to their optometrist. This can present several problems for the patient, especially in the older population. For example, one woman came in to the clinical. Her sclera was yellowing and immediately I knew it was jaundice (her liver wasn’t working at full capacity).
While Northwestern Memorial Hospital doesn’t have a mission statement, they have several mottos that they prioritize. This includes, “What makes us better, makes you better” and “The relentless pursuit to transform healthcare”. The topics covered in the course thus far have included examining the aspects of proper and effective conflict resolution, in addition to examining tyranny and power. While the latter lesson is not applicable to Northwestern’s mottos, having a firm understanding of what other’s perspectives are to the same issue (conflict resolution) is vital for my job as a volunteer. For example, one of my jobs is the assist patients to the exit. Most patients are above the age of 65 years old. Some elder patients want to preserve their independence and self-efficacy. Some elder patients are completely lost in the hospital and appreciate any assistance I offer. Being able to discern which patients prioritize independence verses those who want help is important to me because giving the patient the best possible experience while at Northwestern, also helps the hospital’s image. I love the culture established at the hospital because everyone is very supportive of one another. What makes the patients better, makes Northwestern better. This is an illustration of “standing side by side” with your adversary. And while the staff nor I are trying to negotiate a contract or business deal, being able to see from the patient’s perspective is necessary for proper healthcare.
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