Here at the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, we have added various new opportunities for a growing campus population to get involved. One of these opportunities is the recurring Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach service activity.
On Tuesday nights, UIS students gather at the front entrance of Lincoln Residence Hall. Each week, a different group meets up to volunteer for “a medical surplus recovery organization” that is focused “on meeting the healthcare needs of individuals in developing nations”. This wonderful organization also offers education and awareness opportunities, and cross-cultural mission experiences.
You might be asking why would I get involved? While I would have a biased answer, (I’m coordinating the project, after all.) data shows that UIS students are breaking down the door to get involved with this activity! The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center is only able to offer twelve sports each week and has overfilled available seats almost every time! Students are adamant to get involved in a service project that not only develops fellowship, but also creates an environment of humor and pleasure.
Student Shannon Stevens, first-year Biology major thinks, “It was really fun because I was with a great group of people who wanted to give back to their communities. When I was first approached about the project, I didn’t think that I would enjoy repackaging salvaged medical supplies; I knew we were helping those in need”.
When UIS students arrive at HSMO, they will work in different capacities each week. The needs of the program vary depending on donations from system hospitals. Typically, there are three concrete stations.
(1) The donated pallet is opened and supplies are sorted into bins based on expiration dates.
(2) Once sorted by expiration dates, these items are sorted by medical categories- sutures, skin prep, bandages).
(3) Finally, these categorized materials are assembled with like items. For example, all the same-size measuring containers will be put together and boxed.
Once these items are boxed, weighed, labeled, and entered into the warehouse system, distant communities are able to order surplus recovery medical supplies through an online inventory!
If you are interested in registering for one of the remaining sessions (every Tuesday, 5-8pm through December 10th), connect with us at http://uishospitalsisters.eventbrite.com. Hurry, because seats are filling fast!
The Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach project is just another example of how UIS students are ‘Leadership Lived’.
Student Project Coordinator
UIS Volunteer Center