​During the summer of 2009 I took care of a 6 year old girl during her post-surgery recovery. She had gone through bilateral tibial fibular rotational osteotomies because her tibias and fibulas were internally rotated bilaterally, causing her feet to turn in, making it difficult for her to walk and run. Because this surgery put her in full leg casts, I had to provide 24 hour care 6 days a week. My duties included, sponge-bathing, carrying her to and from the bathroom, rotating her casts every few hours during the night, maintaining her casts, planning activities that she could participate in, bringing her to checkup appointments, medicine management, and transporting a wheelchair.
​Between September of 2009 and May of 2010, I volunteeredin Tacoma, WA., tutoring elementary students weekly in both reading and math. I helped kids make progress in both of these academic areas. Each week I went to Peace with a smile on my face, ready to work with any child. I put all my energy into the kids that I worked with, even when the kids did their best to test my limits. My work at Peace exemplifies not only my relational abilities and professional approach, but also the fact that I am an out-of-state student that chose to volunteer in an unfamiliar part of Tacoma. Not many students from PLU took it upon themselves to go to Hilltop to help improve the educational future of Tacoma youth, so I was excited to be a part of the team of volunteers at Peace.
​Since September of 2010, I have had the privilege of interning and volunteering in McMinnville, Oregon. This non-profit organization offers services and resources to victims of domestic violence and their families. A great resource offered to clients is childcare during support groups. This is greatly appreciated by the clients who attend the support groups, because in some cases the clients have no other means of childcare for the evening. Sometimes the client's financial situation precludes the expense of a babysitter for the evening. For many of the clients the ability to participate in group without worry about childcare provides a much needed break from the responsibilities of rearing their children, and a chance for them to focus on themselves. I have had the opportunity to work with the childcare staff and volunteers to aid in the care of the children in the playroom. Generally the children range between the ages of two and eight years old, but the majority are infants and toddlers.
I also volunteer . I have run activities on the that are offered at the museum, have worked as a Play Guide, and spend the majority of my time volunteering in the clay studio. Volunteering at the museum has been an amazing learning opportunity. I have gained a great deal of experience in working with children of varying ages, ethnicities, and have become very capable of quickly assessing a child's needs and basic personality qualities in order to decide what kind of interactions would be most beneficial for the child.