Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The After School Experience

After School Sports has been such a great experience for me! This has been my second year as being the service leader over the program, and I love it! We have about 12 students from Cedar Middle School who attend every week and it's a ball of fun. My favorite part about the program is being able to get to know and help the students. Playing sports and other activities are a lot of fun and all the middle schoolers definitely enjoy them, but I also enjoy the car rides too. Every Wednesday, we pick the students up from school and then drive them home at the end of the activity. So the car rides are great, because we have a lot of down time to just talk with the students. During the rides I get to really know how the students are feeling and what they currently think about school. I have had quite a few talks with them about going to college or other things they might want to do after graduating high school. I know that these students are just in middle school right now, but I believe that it is a good idea for them to start thinking about their future and start preparing now. I think I have a group of studly middle schoolers who are going to do great things in life. I'm glad that I have been able to be apart of their journey and introduce them to real college students and athletes who can be great role models. After School Sports is the BEST! 

Contact After School Sports at suuafterschoolsports@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A New Party Every First Monday of the Month

       It’s the first Monday of the month. You know what that means… yep! Bread & Soup Nite. 4:30 pm rolls around and the volunteers, which includes about half of the SUU football team, start to arrive. I adorn every volunteer with matching aprons and name tags. (Personally, I think that the football players make the aprons look good.)
      The clock strikes five and the party begins. As the crowd rushes in, I see not only students carrying their backpacks, but also members of the community with their kids. The local high school band that came to perform fills the room with music that makes the ballroom come alive. With unlimited bread, soup and dessert, no one leaves hungry. As the night draws to a close, and the band packs up their guitars, I see mountains of cans that will be donated to the Hope Pantry. It was a fun filled night that supports a great cause—raising awareness about hunger.

Love, Brooke and Hailee

Get involved with Bread and Soup Night.  Contact Brooke or Hailee at suubreadandsoup@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Growing up

Many mothers and their litters come into the Cedar Animal Rescue, which is the rescue that the Animal Rescue Program works with. It is fun and interesting to see the puppies grow and the mother’s raise them. As they become of age for adoption, many leave quickly to their new and forever homes. There do tend to be one or two from the litters that do not get adopted so quickly and those are the ones that bond with people the best, it seems. They are the most wanting and appreciative of the attention. There was a mother named Fanny who came into the Cedar Animal Rescue with her 10 puppies. All of them have been adopted, except one-Ferret. He is quite the character and has recently begun walking one a leash. As he has grown, he has become a group favorite because of his outgoing and rambunctious personality. Seeing the animals grow and their trust in humans developing is an amazing experience.  It’s a direct example to the group of how much our time spent there is worth it and means to the animal’s lives.

Stacy Craft service leader of animal rescue wrote today's blog post She can be contacted at suuanimalrescue@gmail.com

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What is a Potato Baby

Have you ever heard of giant potato babies? If you haven't it's because you've never served at the SAIL Dinner at St. Jude's. The dinner happens every Thursday from 5-7pm. The best part is being able to help prepare the meal that will be served to help so many people have something good to eat. We prepare the food Thursday morning from 10-12pm. This is where you will come to know the true meaning of what a potato baby is and also the meaning of service. Come help us out. For more information contact Matt at suusail@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thank You from the Sub for Santa Team

Sub for Santa was very successful this year. All of the volunteer efforts, donations and time spent contributed in providing a Christmas to 1,061 children in the Cedar City area. It was only made possible through the efforts of all of you, so thank you! The events that aided in the success of Sub for Santa were the fundraising events held at Wal-Mart and Lins, the Angel tree and The Stuff the Truck event, which provided a bulk of donations. Again, thank you for all that you do!