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Unformatted text preview: Beth White PUBHLTH 160 – My Body, My Health Community Engagement Paper Community engagement is a good way to become involved in your community and to see how others live. Some people choose to help at food pantries or Salvation Army while others prefer to help in other ways. Personally, I prefer volunteering at events or other things of that nature because I know that what I am doing is making an immediate impact. Stacking canned goods or sorting clothing out does not give the satisfaction that helping set up and run an event gives. You never truly get to see where that food or clothing ends up, but in helping at an event, you get the satisfaction of seeing the impact of your help on a person’s face in real time. This is why I chose to volunteer at Southwest Week 2011. While the Southwest Area Government (SWAG) does not have their own mission statement, the mission of UMass Housing states, “Housing and Residence Life offers a residential experience that supports students’ learning, personal growth, and academic achievement. We foster inclusive communities, create social and educational opportunities, and provide safe and well-maintained residences.” (UMass Amherst Housing & Residential Life, “Vision”) In addition, the area governments at UMass are responsible for providing programming and community development for each of the residential areas and have, in the past, presented students with programs such as concerts, carnivals, barbeques, dances, and karaoke events (“Getting Involved: Area Government”). For my community engagement project, I worked specifically with the Southwest Area Government, who is responsible for such events in the Southwest Residential Area. Government, who is responsible for such events in the Southwest Residential Area....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PUBHLTH 160 taught by Professor Gerber during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).
- Spring '08