Creating Engaging Service and Philanthropy Experiences for Members

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1. TheCycleofGivingNOTES: ACYCLEOFGIVING:CREATINGENGAGINGSERVICE&PHILANTHROPYEXPERIENCESFORMEMBERSAFLVCentralConferenceHotTopicProgramSt.Louis,MOFebruary12,2011TeniellTrolian,KentStateUniversityandWhitneySwesey,TheUniversityofAkron 2. PostServiceReflectionActivitiesNoteCardDiscussionWriteopenendedquestionsonnotecardsandhaveeachpersondrawacardandrespondtothequestiononit.Questionsmightinclude: Whatdidyoulearnabouttheissue/needtheagencyaddressesorthepopulationitserves? Whatarethesocietalissuesthatinfluencethisproblem? Howresponsiveisthisorganizationtocommunityneeds? Whathaveyoulearnedaboutyourselfthroughtheexperiencetoday? Werethereanystereotypesyouheldaboutthisissue/thesepeople?Inwhatwayswereyourstereotypesorassumptionschallenged? Howhasthisserviceexperiencesupportedyourvalues? Wouldyouwanttoservewiththisorganizationagain?Whyorwhynot?ConcentricCircles Divideparticipantsintotwogroupsandplacethemintotwocircles(onefacingout,onefacingin,sotherearepairsofpeople). Askparticipantstorespondtospecificquestions,givingeachhalfofthepairtwominutes. Asktheoutsidecircletorotateoncetofaceanewpartner,andcontinuewithanewquestion.ADayintheLifeAskparticipantstoimaginelivingadayinthelifeofoneoftheservicerecipients,andrespond(inwritingoringroupdiscussion)tothefollowingquestions: Howdoesthiscomparetoanaveragedayinyourownlife? Whatdidyoulearnabouthowpeopleimpactedby_________________mightlive? Doesthismakeyouwanttooffermoreservice?Whyorwhynot?WebofImpact Haveparticipantsstandinacircle,andgiveonepersonaballofstring. Askthepersonwiththestringtotalkabouthisorherexperience,thenthrowtheballofstringto anothergroupmemberwhileholdingontotheendofthestring. Leadersandparticipantsaskthepersonnowholdingtheballofstringaquestionabouthisorher experience. Haveparticipantscontinuetotosstheballandsharetheirresponses. Wheneveryonehashadaturn,processtheexercisebypointingoutthepatternthathasemerged inthestring. Emphasizetheconnectionsthatweremadeandtheroleeachpersonhadinthefinisheddesign. Youcanusethisasametaphorforcommunityandtoillustratetheimportanceeachpersons actionshasonothers.ACYCLEOFGIVING:CREATINGENGAGINGSERVICE&PHILANTHROPYEXPERIENCESFORMEMBERS AFLVCentralConferenceHotTopicProgramSt.Louis,MOFebruary12,2011 TeniellTrolian,KentStateUniversityandWhitneySwesey,TheUniversityofAkron