A Service-Learning/Activism Project
The F-M Dorothy Day House of Hospitality,
Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides
services to the homeless and people in need
of food and shelter.
The organization is made up of two parts-
The Food Pantry and The Shelter.
◦ Both have different services for each.
The F-M Dorothy Day
House of Hospitality,
Inc. was a tribute to
Dorothy Day, a social
activist that served in
Dorothy Day started up
her own homeless
shelter in 1933.
The Dorothy Day house
was established in
The Food Pantry serves an average of 1500
people each month from our area.
75% of the food is donated, 25% is bought.
With a new system, the clients are able to
have a choice in the food they receive and the
amount is according to the size of their
family. It reduces the food that goes to waste
because the family cannot eat it or does not
Volunteers walk the clients around and help
My first goal was to not only do the 10 hours
needed for this project, but to continue on
◦ I plan on going back and volunteering at the end of
this month and continuing to do so the following
◦ Not only does volunteering at this specific place
make me feel like I am really making a difference, it
was really fun to do and allowed me to meet new
My second goal was that I wanted to learn
about this organization and how it operates. I
wanted to learn what this organization does
for people as how the people themselves feel
about it and how it has helped them.
◦ I learned the general information about this
organization and how everything in it works.
◦ By being in close contact with the people receiving
the food, I learned that most really did appreciate it
and were very grateful that we were there to help.
The people always said thank-you to us when they
My third goal was to just help the
organization because the volunteers is what
keeps the place going.
My forth goal was to get to know the people
who run the organization and learn how it
has changed their lives.
◦ I met some of the people and learned that although
stressful at times, they really do love what they do
and really do care about making a difference.
My fifth and final goal was to learn something
about myself and how the whole situation
made me feel.
◦ I learned that by doing things like that to help
someone really does make you feel good about
yourself. By being there I felt like I was making a
difference. Meeting the different people who use
the facilities made me feel really sad because of
their situation and what they go through, but
knowing that there are places that can help them
like this one, I was thankful.
I did my Service Learning/Activism project on
the 16th, 17th and 24th of June with a friend,
Lacey, who also is taking this class. 10+
hours were completed in these days.
Our first job was to make 4 tri-fold posters to
be displayed at 4 of the major banks around
the Fargo-Moorhead area.
◦ The posters contained informational aspects about
volunteering, the organization itself, their mission
and the facilities.
◦ This was the part of the project where we were able
to bring awareness of the organization to the
The second job was to go to the food pantry
itself and actually get involved in the process
of helping clients choose their items.
◦ The clients were first given a colored sheet that had
a list of how many items they could have from the
different categories provided. The color of the
sheet corresponded with the number of people in
their family. We then walked with them around the
pantry and told them how many of the each
category they could have. For example, three cans
of fruit for a family of 4.
I am so happy I did my Service-Learning
Project at the Dorothy Day Food Pantry.
◦ Not only did I learn about the organization itself, I
also got to meet many people and help the
◦ My favorite thing was actually getting to walk
around with the clients and help them pick out their
◦ I hope our posters get the attention of the public so
that more volunteers go and help out.
This organization makes a difference in
people’s lives everyday.
It was a fun experience to get to help them
and I hope they continue to make our
community a better place by providing for the
people in need.
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