Name: Majay Charley
Host Site: Center for Career and Experiential Learning at the University of Rhode Island
Where’d you go to school? University of Rhode Island
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to save the world.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? The ability to change the weather.
Story of Service
I am currently serving at the Center for Career and Experiential Learning at the University of Rhode Island. The scope of my VISTA project is to focus on the relationships between our community partnerships and our faculty and staff members. I work closely with faculty and staff members in order gain knowledge about the work that they do with their community partners. More importantly, I try to see how our faculty incorporate experiential learning (service learning, internships, etc.) into their coursework.
In addition to my mapping project, I am the Coordinator of Rhody Outpost. Rhody Outpost is an on-campus food pantry for URI students. The pantry was founded by two URI students who noticed that there were a lot of students that were going without food on a day to day basis. I work closely with the Jonnycake Center of Peacedale and St. Augustine Church of Kingston. Working for Rhody Outpost is one (out of many) of the most rewarding things I do as a VISTA. Being a part of the Rhody Outpost team is a learning experience for me. While I was an undergraduate at URI, I had no idea that hunger was an issue on our campus. Now that I am back on campus working as a VISTA, my goal is to understand the needs of the URI community.
One of my favorite things about being an AmeriCorps VISTA is working the students at URI who have a passion for service. My office is located in the Clearinghouse for Volunteers, which is the home to the Feinstein Experience. The Feinstein Experience is a common service experience held every fall and is opened to the entire URI community. The Feinstein Enriching America Program was created by Alan Shawn Feinstein in 1995 in order to engage first-year students in a meaningful community service through a mandatory course called URI 101. The Feinstein Experience primary serves URI 101 through the Feinstein Enriching America Program but is open to everyone in the URI community. The Civic Engagement Leaders are a group of students that lead and facilitate each project that is organized through the Feinstein Experience. Not only do these individuals show their passion for service through their leadership skills, they also show the URI community that serving others can be fun.