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Loaves & Fishes: Community Partnership

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Loaves & Fishes: Community Partnership

Loaves & Fishes: Community Partnership

Residence Services | 01/04/2013

Stopher and Johnson Halls have an amazing partnership opportunity with Ravenna non-profit agency, Loaves and Fishes.  Loaves and Fishes is a community and religiously based program providing meals to those in need with the help of many volunteers, including the Resident Assistant staff of Stopher and Johnson halls.  At 8:45 am on Saturday mornings, volunteers meet in the Stopher Hall lobby and travel to Ravenna’s First United Methodist Church.  Students spend the morning helping to prepare food, arrange the seating area, wash dishes, serve food, and spend time together in fellowship with community members.  Resident Assistant Emilie Hershberger-Kirk comments, “It was great to talk to people and hear about their life stories, faith and families. Everyone I converse with looks at their situations in a positive light.”

In the six site visits this semester, Kent State students demonstrated their commitment to others and to the Northeast Ohio region through their gift of time.  When asked about what she learned from community service, Resident Assistant Allyse Karam says that “giving back makes you feel great, and volunteering there really gives you a sense of what’s important in life.”

Resident Assistant Morgan Snyder reflects about her Loaves and Fishes volunteer experience:  “I have learned through working with Loaves and Fishes that student involvement can make a huge impact in someone else’s life. I see it every time I leave after volunteering. The program coordinator is so grateful to have all the help from Kent State students.”  Stopher and Johnson students wanting to become involved in Loaves and Fishes are asked to contact their Resident Assistant for information on upcoming Spring Semester community partnership visits.

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