Gwynne Brunet’s Service Learning/ Volunteering <ul><li>Organizations/Locations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pet Pal Animal Shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Spring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeding America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moccasin Lake Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shriner’s Hospital </li></ul></ul>
Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a no-kill, non-profit shelter. Their mission is to rescue dogs and cats from animal shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time limitations, illness, injuries or lack of socialization and training. http://www.petpalanimalshelter.com/
<ul><li>Here are the shocking facts: </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 4 women will experience violence during her lifetime. </li></ul><ul><li>3 women per day will die at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends. </li></ul><ul><li>Between 3.3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence in their home each year. </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 5 female high school students are physically/sexually abused by a boyfriend. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1999, persons age 12 or older experienced 791,210 violence crimes by an intimate partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Women were victims of 85% of the crimes. — National Crime Victimization Survey, 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>From 1993 to 1999, intimate partners killed 45% of all female murder victims age 20-24. — Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Women age 35-49 were the most vulnerable to intimate partner murder. — Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>A study of public school girls found that 1 in 5 girls surveyed reported physical or sexual abuse by a date. — Journal of the American Medical Association , August 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>In Florida, there were 120,697 acts of domestic violence reported to law enforcement in 2003. — Florida Department of Law Enforcement website </li></ul><ul><li>In fiscal year 2003-2004, Florida's domestic violence centers responded to 132,629 crisis calls, provided counseling services to 197,787 individuals, and provided emergency shelter to 14,467 individuals, primarily women and children. — Florida Department of Children and Families and Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence statistics, July 2004 </li></ul>Due to The Spring’s secret location I was not able to take any photos At The Spring , they are helping families, mostly mothers and their children cope with an abusive partner. They provide counseling, school, and a place to live. I spent only one and a half hours monitoring the playground and playing with the children, but in that time I fell in love with the children. They are happy despite their past. They would just run up and hug me, or take my hand to lead me to a game. The pure innocence of a child, from an abusive home, who just hugs you for no reason, can bring tears to your eyes. They do a great service for the community at The Spring.
<ul><li>Feeding America Tampa Bay - is a Food Bank which supports hundreds of charitable programs that feed the hungry. http://feedingamericatampabay.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some key findings: </li></ul><ul><li>The Feeding America system served by Feeding America Tampa Bay provides emergency food for an estimated 409,700 different people annually. </li></ul><ul><li>37% of the members of households served by Feeding America Tampa Bay are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2). </li></ul><ul><li>58% of clients served by Feeding America of Tampa Bay report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1). </li></ul><ul><li> Among the Food Bank's agency partners that existed in 2006, 83% of pantries, 70% of kitchens, and 75% of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1). </li></ul><ul><li>Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 75% of the food distributed by pantries, 58% of the food distribute by kitchens, and 44% of the of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1). </li></ul><ul><li>As many as 98% of pantries, 88% of kitchens, and 77% of shelters in Feeding America Tampa Bay's agency partner network use volunteers (Table 13.2.1). </li></ul>At Feeding America they set up the mock grocery store shelves in their warehouse so that some families can actually choose what food they can use. This helps to build their self-esteem, while treating them with respect. It is empowering to know that you can help the hungry by simply sorting through donated food items as fast and efficiently as possible. Meeting all the strangers who also want to make a difference is a great heartwarming feeling.
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