When Passions Combine: Conventions and Community Service
Published on October 14, 2014 by Karen Newmeyer
In Global Citizenship (one of Broadview’s required courses), students are challenged to interact with their community by doing a service learning project. They are encouraged to find something they are passionate about and either raise awareness about that issue or play an active role in the cause.
Sometimes students struggle deciding what to do for the project, so when they are able to combine it with something they’re already interested in, the results make for a great project. That is exactly what happened for Melanee Davis, vet tech student.
One of Melanee’s passions is attending conventions. Comic Con and furry conventions are her favorite, because she likes to dress up in animal costumes.
After planning a trip to Denver to attend one of these conventions, Melanee decided that her service learning project would combine two things she loved: the fun of the convention and helping animals. She researched the vendors attending the convention and found Freedom Service Dogs.
From their website: “Freedom Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. Clients include children, veterans and active duty soldiers, and other adults. Their disabilities include Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”
Melanee contacted Freedom Service Dogs to see how she could help, and they told her that what they really needed was donations. She donned her furry suit and for multiple hours each day while she was at the convention, participated in the fundraising and awareness efforts for the organization.
“I am fully supportive of service dogs and their training and care, so I didn’t have to think twice about helping out their cause,” she said.
As Melanee served, her passion for the cause grew. She plans on returning next year to do more.
By Brent Clark, Director of Career Services