4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning.
Lingnan University Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong
Details of the Foundation’s participation:
Poster Title: Growing Organic Vegetables for a Homeless Shelter Kitchen
The poster presentation on 5th June 2013.
The Vicki Romero Foundation is a nonprofit foundation located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America. Although the Foundation has a small membership, it has a large mission. This mission began in 1993 when the founder, Dr. Roger C. Romero, organized the Foundation to raise money to assist at-risk, minority students in one of the most economically challenged areas of the city with their health, education, and welfare needs in order that the students obtain the needed supported to remain in school, graduate, and seek post high school education. The mission has evolved most recently to assist at-risk, financially needy high school and college students with the extra expenses needed to stay in school, as well as afford them the opportunities to expand their global awareness and understanding through study abroad and travel opportunities that typical college students undertake. In addition, the Foundation strives to involve these students in service learning opportunities to help them develop civic mindedness and responsibility.
Our showcase service learning project started in January 2013 with a partnership with a group of at-risk, freshman community college students, who were part of a program to support them with tuition and textbook scholarships, tutoring, and mentoring to ensure their college success. These students, in partnership with a local homeless shelter, planted an organic vegetable garden to provide fresh and nutritious produce for the homeless shelter’s kitchen.
The cook requested squash, eggplant, parsley, and basil for the summer season.
The student’s take turns watering and caring for the garden on a weekly basis and both the students and the homeless shelter cook are anxiously awaiting the first crop to cook up for the families at the shelter.
This project has proven to be a true inspiration for the student’s involved.
They are totally in control of their crop and their self-esteem has grown in tandem with their knowledge of vegetable gardening and working to help others that are in even more at-risk situations than they are. With this success, the student’s will expand their community garden to others in need.