Healthy Living Students Support Arcadia Center

Healthy Living Students Support Arcadia Center

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Jennifer Kolb
November 13, 2013

On Sunday, October 6th, members of The Washington Center’s Healthy Living Civic Engagement Project volunteered at the first Fall Farm Funtacular hosted by Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.

 

At first glance, Arcadia seems much like any ordinary farm, and not a nonprofit organization dedicated to its community. The organization works to address specific needs in the Washington, D.C. area while collectively engaging consumers, farmers, schools and institutions. By volunteering at the Fall Farm Funtactular, Healthy Living fall 2013 participants had the opportunity to learn about Arcadia’s programs and interact with members of the community who came out for the event.

 

Pamela Hess, Arcadia’s Executive Director,  says "Arcadia's Fall Farm Funtacular would not have been possible without the cheerful, charming, hardworking interns from TWC. An event that in the past had only attracted 100 people ballooned to more than 400—and luckily we had 35 volunteers on hand. They did everything from running games, manning the grill, to selling pumpkins and tending to our musicians. They were terrific, needed very little oversight, and figured out solutions to all problems that cropped up during the day. It was a long day, and they ended it just as cheerfully as they started."

 

Interns were divided into teams and were assigned specific tasks to manage throughout the day.  Their combined efforts ensured that the event ran smoothly and participants enjoyed themselves.  The day was a perfect combination of hard work and merriment, which highlighted the benefits of sustainability and the effect it can have on the community.

 

 

The Washington Center produces not only future leaders in their professions but also well-informed citizens who are engaged with their communities and their world. The goal of the civic engagement projects is to allow students to become well informed about an issue they care about and then work to make a positive difference in public life at the local, national or global level. Students devote a minimum of 15 hours over the course of the semester to active learning (attending meetings, lectures and hearings) and action (advocacy or volunteering). By the end of the semester, students write a three-to-four page report reflecting on the experience and articulating how the project helped them become more informed citizens. Find out more about civic engagement efforts in TWC's current and previous terms.

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