Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Waiting Game

I figured I would take the opportunity to write a blog post while it is storming outside. Today is concert day, and I have spent the last few hours getting caught in the bustle of the King Arts Complex as … Continue reading

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Informing City Council, Meeting with Successful Social Entrepreneurial, Secret Shopper Run

An intern, a woman experiencing homeless, and I went to a city council meeting on Monday to discuss the long waitlist for shelters in Columbus.  We informed the councilmen of the long wait-list including women and veterans and the recent … Continue reading

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Yellow Socks and Yellow Shoes

Last evening was the annual Family Night at SYEP camp held at Camp Mary Orton. Towards the end of camp, every camper’s family is invited to spend a fun evening experiencing some of the things their children do at camp. … Continue reading

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…I survived my first audit!   WARM’s SFSP (Summer Food Service Program) had its annual review by the Ohio Department of Education this past week.  After much prep work, I am proud to say we passed with flying colors (and no corrective action on our reimbursement claim!).  This is such a relief because implementing a successful and sustainable summer food service site is expensive and difficult.  This experience taught me the importance of organization in running a smooth operation.  My boss, Deb, and I joked about the ideal of touching a piece of paper only one time, but this audit showed me it doesn’t matter how many times I touched something as long as I get the result for which I am hopeful!

Also, recently I had the opportunity to shadow a woman who works in the client services department of WARM.  It was one of Deb and my mutual goals of the summer fellowship to gain an understanding of various positions in the agency, so I was excited to have a day “off” of my normal work to do this!  Sarah has her Master’s in Social Work, the program I am currently in at Ohio State, and so I was especially vested in observing the work she does.  We had a great day of seeing clients who come in to use WARM’s pantry services.  WARM’s client services department is also distributing farmer’s market coupons for families to purchase fresh produce at the nearby Westerville Farmer’s Market.  As a Dietetics major in my undergraduate studies and a firm believer in buying locally, I was delighted to hear about this initiative.  I read about a new program designed to foster partnerships between healthcare providers and farmers markets to measure the impact of increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved communities.  (Read  for more info. ) Overall, I felt incredibly affirmed in my decision to pursue a career in social work. 

The first two focus groups of Kids Lunch Club volunteers were held today.  I am working with an allied health professor from Otterbein University to determine volunteer satisfaction as well as KLC participant satisfaction and possible suggestions to implement next summer.  One area of improvement is creating a webpage with more useful information (currently ours is bare bones only!) for volunteers, participants, and potential donors.  I have never made a webpage before, so I’m anxious to use this as my creative outlet for the next week or so!  I’ll share the link as soon as it’s in working order…

Till then,

Owen

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Enhancing My Fellowship

I’m finding out that every experience is very attainable if you just ask. My supervisor Dave encouraged me to shape this fellowship to make it worthwhile. Attending a board of trustees meeting was at the top of my list and … Continue reading

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It’s Finally Becoming Real

Time is flying!  Right now I feel as if my project is getting larger instead of smaller as time goes on!  Kathy and I have been working so hard in the past two weeks to actually start implementing the changes … Continue reading

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Festival Week 2

Last week was the second week of the Heritage Concert Series, and the Kids Gallery raised (drum-roll, please…) $67! It was storming during the festival so we moved indoors, which actually helped our sales quite a bit as we had … Continue reading

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