Every Monday morning 9:00am-12: 00 pm this spring semester I got the chance to volunteer at the same place that I first visited this past December the neighborhood services Inc. This branch of the mid-Ohio foodbank is an amazing place that many people around the Columbus area rely on for food and supplies every week. Its community of neighbors volunteers and management is such a rare blend of people who care for one another truly. I have seen and learned so much more from this experience volunteering every week. I highly recommend this volunteering opportunity for anyone that hopes to reach out to the community. Martin Butler the manager of this foodbank is an amazing guy who cares about the volunteers and neighbors that are being served. I have highly enjoyed working with him. In this foodbank, I have worked mainly as the muscle. Many of the volunteers are older and cannot carry as much so I have mostly helped with lifting and moving the heavy food pallets and objects. I especially work with packing and organizing the freezers of meat for the neighbors. Listed below are the websites for this company. I can’t wait to continue to help this organization in the coming months when I return to Columbus in the fall where I will volunteer on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-12. This was a fantastic opportunity that taught me how to empathize and care for others and push myself physically and mentally to work for the community.
Christian J. Olney
- Carroll High School, Fort Wayne IN 2014-2018
- Graduated with Academic Honors Diploma
- Honors with Distinctions
- GPA: 4.235/4.0
- Attending The Ohio State University- Main Columbus Campus 2018-2022
- Majoring in Biology
- Pre-Medicine track
- Dunns Sports and Wellness Scholars program
- GPA: 3.75/4.0
- Basic Life Support Certified (BLS)
- In the process of receiving DICE certification (Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement)
CLUB INVOLVEMENT AT OSU
- Morrill Tower Executive Board member- Director of Sustainability and Wellness
- Planned and executed events to serve 800 residents of Morrill Tower including reverse trick or treat, wellness Wednesdays every week, etc.
- Future Physicians of Tomorrow-member
- Volunteer at blood drives and in the field of medicine, while learning how to prepare yourself to be a future physician
- Employee and volunteer for Neighborhood 2014-Current
- Performed weekly landscaping projects
- Communicated and designed best way to help customer
- Buck-I-Serve volunteer for spring break trip to Immokalee Early Education center Spring 2019
- Hands on interaction with infants to pre-k children from the lower income area helping with everyday tasks as a teachers aide
- Youth Elect Service leader (Yes project) summer camp Summer 2018-Current
- Performed volunteer restoration projects downtown Toledo Ohio
- Director of Health and wellness for Dunn Sports and Wellness Scholars Leadership Spring 2019-Current Council
- Help coordinate events for incoming first year scholars in weekly meetings.
- Neighborhood Services assistant for Mid-Ohio foodbank Fall 2018-Current
- Every week on Monday stocked shelves at food bank
- Walked lower income families around food bank to help them find necessary goods
- Ohio State Dean’s list 2019
- Rugby Team Captain 2018
- Student Body Vice-President at Carroll High School 2017-2018
- Class President 2014, 2016
- Future Leaders of Tomorrow award from Mayor Tom Henry 2017
References available upon request
This is a short film that tells the story of a father as he remembers his past experiences. A coming to grips story that shows how grieving the loss of time and experiences occurs. This was made to show that we must treasure the past as it could always disappear as though dust in the wind.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the music to this video! Credit goes to Kansas for there song “Dust in the Wind”
This is not made for monetary purposes only as a piece of art and contemplation
On December 3rd, I got the chance to volunteer at a local food bank called Neighborhood Services.
This food bank has been open since 1962! I volunteered here from 9:00 am -2:30 pm! It was a long day but a great day.
I helped first with sorting and placing all the meat donations received into different freezers. It seems Thanksgiving was especially kind to the food bank as the donations received were far more than normal! I was luckily able to find a cold place to put all of the meat in an intense game of what felt like Jenga! Then I was taught how to walk each neighbor (the person who we give food too) by walking them around the store and showing them what options of food they could have based on their assigned number of people in the family. This was by far my favorite place to volunteer. I got to meet interact and talk to so many different neighbors about their struggles and it was truly a great experience to see how similar they are to everyone else. A lot of times lower income and homeless people are stigmatized and I saw through this volunteering experience that all of these stereotypes were wrong. Everyone I met was very nice and gracious for the help they were receiving. I learned truly how important social interactions for change are to me. I really feed off the energy and it seemed like the day blew past when I was interacting and really making a difference in these peoples lives. Many of these people were deciding between a sharpie marker or a loaf of bread. It truly taught me how vital simple objects like tape and markers are to making you feel human. Because of service learning, I am grateful for all I have.
On December 1st, I got the opportunity to join other Honors and Scholars students in a Ties for Tots event in which volunteers got to make fleece blankets that will benefit Project Linus and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. From 3 pm to 5 pm at Khun’s Honors and Scholars house, I worked on making a red fleece blanket for a child who is sick during the Christmas season.
Through this experience, I was able to physically and mentally work through and create something tangible to help a child. It was very tough on my hands and also very monotonous but it was worth it to imagine a lonely child at Nationwide Children’s hospital who would get to have it! I learned through this work that I do enjoy work that is taxing if I can see the product when it is finished. Sometimes projects lead to results that are hard to measure. This project I could actually put my body and mind to work and see the results.
Although taking a long time to make the finished product was a great source of pride!
As a leader I need to learn how to deal with both kind of projects as not all of them will show tangible results. I learned however that I enjoy the activities and volunteer opportunities where I get to help first hand with others. Because of service learning, I am more aware of my strengths and weaknesses.
On November 29th, I got the chance to volunteer for the OSU Dance Club among other Ohio state dance clubs at the union Performance hall. This group is a group that practices all semester making up different dances to perform for students and parents in one performance every semester. It is in its inaugural year at OSU and I was very impressed with how organized the event was. Many other clubs performed including the Dancesport club.
As, a volunteer for this event I dressed up professionally and helped with selling OSU Dance Club merchandise from 7:15-9:15 pm. Through this service, I got to interact with a whole group of other volunteers that were friends and family of the people performing. I hadn’t even known these groups exist and here they were working all year for this performance. Through this service, I learned about a whole culture of dancing and was introduced to many new people. It was a great experience to grow as a leader to better understand these people I never would have interacted with without this service experience. Rachel was a great organizer and really connected with the volunteers. Her email is Copes.email@example.com for any questions about this event. Because of this service experience, I am enlightened to a new culture.
This semester I got the chance to volunteer for many different organizations and explore for a place where I feel like I can make a real impact.
On November 1st from 6-7pm, I got the chance to volunteer for the Red Cross Blood drive recruitment event at the Ohio state union. In this event, OSU races against Michigan to donate the most blood in the largest blood drive at Ohio State. Here is a link detailing the event.
I volunteered at this event by way of the Future Physicians of Tomorrow Club which allowed its members to sign up and help spread the word of this blood drive.
In this event I stood at the Ohio Union door with my shirt and a sign asking the people passing if they had a few minutes to help save peoples lives and beat Michigan again! Although not many people had the time time to give blood this opportunity taught me how to cope with getting ignored and sometimes laughed at by people. Even when some people ignored me I still felt I made an impact when those people listened and talked to me about the event. I learned how to be a leader that is not rejected by failure and people not taking you seriously. I learned to fight through that and still try to make a change. Because of service learning, I am more comfortable causing social change.
In the true colors personality test I took I received the orange color. There are four colors possible. Orange people are creative outgoing people who love variety and diversity. Gold people are master organizers and are loyal to friends and family to a tee. Green people have a passion for learning and striving for understanding the world around them. Blue people are compassionate emotion driven people who seek to help others before themselves.
I was a mix of orange and blue in this study but a majority of my points were orange. In my scholars group I believe that my loud and outgoing personality will allow me to make connections and lead a diverse group better. As an orange person in personality I find that I am not afraid to take lead and make the first mistake if it benefits the group to learn after me. Whether its raising my hand to ask the question no one is brave enough to ask or if its simply taking the lead to figure out a plan for a solution, as an orange person I find my confidence drives me.