Nursing student volunteers will do their initial hours of service in the garden. In addition to contributing to its flourishing, they use the time to informally assess the changes that have been made (and reflect on their efficacy), as well as to inventory the food production of the garden.
Based on the foods ready for harvest/use, students will create (or research) healthy recipes. The recipes should contain ALL of the following elements. Each one . . .
Generally, there will be one class in September, one in October, one in early November (featuring Thanksgiving), and one in late November (featuring Christmas) - - - for a total of 4 classes. One student group should schedule & implement one class. (10-12 students total)
The 4th grade students at Palolo Elementary School are learning about the use of Hawaiian plants as medicine. They are also working to grow the plants, to label them appropriately around campus, and to use them in healthy recipes.
Nursing student volunteers will help teach the keiki the basic science behind high blood pressure and other ailments, as well as the properties of the plants that make them effective as medicine. They will also teach about the nutritional properties of the plants. Additional options are to create educational games and/or to develop simple recipes that are kid-friendly. Students will meet with teacher Anita Silva to determine the content of their lessons.
Students should be available on Tuesdays, between12:30-1:15 and/or 1:15-2:15 to deliver their lessons. Specific dates and times will be arranged with Ms. Silva.
Palolo Elementary will invite the community to its campus on Saturday, 10 November, 2012. General time frame is 8:00am - 1:30pm
Nursing student volunteers will plan and excecute blood pressure & weight screenings. They will develop & disseminate flyers about health & nutrition, including information about food & its relationship to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
In NUR290, students conducted community-based research in Palolo Homes. Those students are invited to return to the Palolo Ohana Learning Center (POLC) in the heart of Palolo Homes, to deliver the results of the survey at the Tenants' Association meeting on 13 September 2012 at 7:00pm. Based on the tenants' feedback, students will plan and orchestrate nutrition/health education modules for the POLC during this term. See Papakolea instructions (above) for workshop ideas.
"GIFT" stands for "Give it Fresh Today." Volunteers collect fresh produce at farmers' markets for organizations that feed the hungry. For a great overview:
Organizations that benefit include Aloha Harvest and the Institute for Human Services. Also, GIFT serves the Unity Church of Hawaii, located down the street from
the KCC market. It has two nights of food service for their Ho'opono (homeless in Waikiki) and Gregory House (homeless living with HIV/AIDS) projects. The church
prepares food in their kitchen and brings the food out into the community.
Volunteers will help to set up the GIFT table/booth at the farmers' markets, thank people for donations, and ensure that the food is picked up by receiving organizations. You will also educate people about the need for the project and recruit other volunteers from the community. Volunteers sign up according to the posted schedules (see below, or the "Give It Fresh Today" facebook page.)
Volunteers should arrive for shifts with time to spare. The early shifts begin before the markets officially open so that there’s time to set up. More set-up time is needed at the KCC markets because we must set up the tent, retrieve chairs, put up signage, and obtain boxes from vendors The later morning shift will continue to obtain boxes, etc. At the end of the market, they will also help to break everything down, return equipment/signs to the proper places, and sort and load the food into the receiving trucks.
Most important is our education component. In addition to telling people about the need for GIFT, you will develop materials for public dissemination. These will feature nutrition education and perhaps address nutritional deficiencies in poverty-stricken populations. Coordinator Vivian Best will be your contact and consultant for the development of these materials.
|Day/Time||Available Shifts||Location||Training/Contact: what to do after registering|
|KCC**||Sign up for a shift here|
|Tuesdays||TBD||Nuuanu Market||E-mail Chad Rose|
|Blaisdell||Sign up for a shift here|
|Windward Mall**||Sign up for a shift here|
|KCC||Sign up for a shift here|
**These particular locations need help on the specified days.
AARP Hawaii is helping non-profits meet the growing demand for food among the frail elderly population. Part of the national AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger, the initiative supports the efforts of Lanakila Meals on Wheels and Hawaii Meals on Wheels to provide home-delivered meals to seniors unable to cook or shop for themselves.
Drive to End Hunger focuses on a particular challenge the two organizations face in meeting the growing demand for services for Hawaii’s aging population: the shortage of volunteer drivers. Drivers are a critical link to the elder community, not only because of the meals they deliver but also due to the contact they have with many seniors who are otherwise isolated. Without volunteer drivers, Hawaii's organizations can’t keep up with the growing demand for their services. “We have a wait list of 400 residents who’ve requested meal service that we’re not able to provide at current volunteer staffing and funding levels,” said Lanakila Meals on Wheels Director Lyn Moku.
According to research commissioned by AARP Foundation in 2011, Hawaii ranked 25th in the country in the number of adults age 50 and older who were food insecure (6.68 percent of older residents affected). Food insecurity is also associated with numerous negative health outcomes among the elderly – including poorer health and higher probability of being hospitalized.
Student volunteers must start by learning about the Meals on Wheels programs, by being a companion with a regular driver on one or two runs to learn how food is collected and delivered. (You aren't being asked to commit to being a driver.)
Then, students would...
a) interview the driver and the elderly recipient for stories AARP could use in the media. The interviews include some content on nutrition (ie: How much do folks know about their own nutritional needs as elders? Are they getting adequate nutrition? Lanakila will help you with topics such as food insecurity/effects of inadequate nutrition). Interview write-ups should be submitted to your professor, to firstname.lastname@example.org, and to your site supervisor. (along with the ride-along, this should give you 5-6 hours)
b) go to the major collection drives this semester and help with the collection of food and also hand out brochures and talk to people about becoming a driver. (4-5 hours)
Approved Events Include:
September 28-30 (times TBA; one-hour shifts available) - Senior Fair
October 6 (8:30am-noon) - Windward Caregivers' Mini-Conference
November 10 (8:30am-noon) - Leeward Caregivers' Mini-Conference
November 14 (8:30am-noon) - Urban Caregivers' Mini-Conference