Last February, Bridging Students taking Professor Michelle Coleman's Sociology 1013 (Introduction to Canadian Society) had the opportunity to volunteer at the Open Arms shelter and community soup kitchen in Kentville. Open Arms is a community resource centre run by Acadia Alumnus, John Andrew and the Soup Kitchen is organised by his wife, Lisa Andrew. After a short tour of the facility and an introduction to its programs, the students got right to sorting and organising food and clothing donations. Following this, the students went next door to the local soup kitchen and helped serve lunch.
Professor Coleman organised the visit to Open Arms in conjunction with her unit on Homelessness and provided the students with an opportunity to get hands on experience volunteering at the community resource centre and soup kitchen. Professor Coleman regularly integrates this kind of experiential learning into her courses. It was a great day and the students seemed to really enjoy their experience working in the community.