Earlier this year, Numana, Inc was given the opportunity to partner with the Butler Community College Service Learning Program.
The Service Learning program allows students to reflect on service that addresses genuine community needs. They are encouraged to be civically engaged and move purposely toward being responsible, involved, contributors to the vitality of their communities.
Through Numana, students were able to learn about the mission Numana staff and volunteers work toward everyday. Numana, Inc. is an international hunger relief organization in El Dorado that empowers volunteers to package food for the starving. In 2012, more than 2.5 million meals were packaged throughout the midwest and were sent to children and families in Haiti, Rwanda, Vietnam, Colombia, South Africa and Liberia.
Many of the students who participated were students in Kirk Merwin’s English Comp class. Students were given credit for the amount of hours they donated and were asked to write an essay about their experience after they had completed their work.
One student wrote, “Community service at Numana is great because you are potentially saving lives of many families in other countries...Instead of just mowing a yard, you are saving people.”
The students were able to serve in a variety of ways. The majority of the students, chose to help in the Numana community garden, which donated more than 8,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks.
Another student wrote in his essay about his experience at the garden, “I was happy to see that they set up a community garden. This shows that they aren’t only concerned about the people around the world, but also the people who are here in our community.”
“We made a follow-up visit to the class, so we could thank them for their service,” said Numana employee Lindsay Mills. “Several asked when they could come back to the garden and help next season.”
Looking forward to next year, Numana employee George Myers is anticipating the ability to empower even more Butler students to volunteer.
“They are eager to help and you can see that they feel good about what they are doing for others, we are very excited to partner with Butler Community College again,” he said.