This experience was better than either my first or second time surveying the Athens-Clarke County Community. I got to talk to a resident in depth for about 30 minutes while helping them take the Athens Wellbeing Project survey and I also spent time with my student and neighborhood leaders, albeit a short time, but it was enjoyable. I hope I get the opportunity to do volunteer work this significant in the near future.
I usually like helping in the community, but trying to convince people to take a survey is very challenging work. Add that to sometimes difficult to find or none-existant addresses and you get a lot of wasted time. I'm looking forward to better communication with community members by improving peoples' perception of the Athens-Wellbeing Project, but I hope we (the surveyors) will get the opportunity to share our frustrations and learn from each other during workshops because this work is daunting.
This experience was a bit better than my surveying work this week. During this time driving around and knocking on doors I met 4 people, 2 of which I was able to talk to for a few minutes about the Athens Wellbeing Project and how they were doing that day, which is what building community is all about. Looking forward to better experiences like these during my time with the project.
I worked with Emma, who is one of the rooftop garden's current caretakers. First, planted arugula, spinach, and beets seeds. Then we staked down the irrigation lines to hold them down in the vegetable beds. To finish up, we weeded around the blueberry plants and the perennial beds in the pollinator garden. It was great seeing new faces and experiencing the sights and sounds of the rooftop garden! It really is a much different feel than the UGArden.
Thanks for the food and informative presentations.