Community Services and Outreach:
Help Industries, Inc. Community Services and outreach division includes Jobs for Disabled, Wounded Warriors, Prison Ministries, Addiction Centers, etc. The one serving may be able to take something away from the experience and be able to use any newfound knowledge or interpersonal discoveries to improve their future servitude and the people around them. To gain the most from community service requires balancing learning with serving. Learning and serving at the same time improves a student’s community while teaching life lessons and building character.
Community Service Learning:
At Help Industries, Inc., community service-learning is about leadership development as well as traditional information and skill acquisition. The combination of people doing service and learning at the same time teaches us how to be effective and important to them. It improves their overall experience and application opportunities they gain from it. By adding service to learning, and balancing the two, community service can become more than just the simple act of serving. It takes small steps to create big change and this is what Help Industries and our service-learning hopes to achieve. By being a leader, mentor, a hands-on learning experience, and an opportunity to change the community, people are able to not only serve, but impact themselves as well.
Community Service Activities:
For community service-learning to be properly applied and understood, one must start with a good definition of service-learning. Service learning is a process of involving students in community service activities combined with facilitated means for applying the experience to their academic and personal development. It is a form of experiential education aimed at enhancing and enriching student learning in course material. When compared to other forms of experiential learning like internships and cooperative education, it is similar in that it is student-centered, hands-on and directly applicable to the curriculum.
Community Service-Learning as “Service learning” or a specific teaching-learning approach, that has few lectures, and is a more interactive hand’s on educational strategy, which provides students with instruction, while leading them through meaningful community service experiences and engaging them in personal reflection on those experiences, in order to build character and to teach problem-solving skills and civic responsibility.
Help Industries, Inc. thinks it is important for a student to take some time and reflect on what they are experiencing, seeing, doing, and what problems they are encountering and how they are going to apply what they have been learning to solve these problems. In other words, service-learning aims to link the personal and interpersonal development with cognitive development, as well as equipping the student with critical knowledge to help them understand the world.
Service learning is different than community service in several key ways. Service learning includes student leadership, reflective and academic components, and chances for celebration once the service activity has been successfully completed. Students reflect on community needs, ways to help, and once their service has been completed, they can internalise how their efforts have helped, while learning more about academics such as geography, math, or science.
Service Learning Definition:
From these definitions, Help Industries, Inc. definition of Community Service-Learning: “A teaching method that takes what is taught in a classroom and equips the student to apply that knowledge in real world situations, while equipping them to take their place in the world, become better citizens, and to be active social and economic problem solvers.”
Help Industries, Inc. and our non-profit agencies and affiliates are service providers for Amazon and Thumbtack providing services in maintenance repairs, janitorial and cleaning, grounds maintenance and landscaping.