Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Over this term I have worked with Volunteers of America that has partnered with Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH). I spent time working with children that attend their summer program that is offered at various apartment complexes that are specifically for families with lower incomes. The program is designed to allow children to be active in educational and recreational activities that are free for the parents. One of the mains goals of the summer program for the children is to keep them engaged in learning and ready for school year.
The summer camps run for five weeks at each of the CPAH properties. The children participate in tons of enriching activities like, art projects, cooking, sports, and educational games. The program also has a partnership with the Beaverton and Tigard School Districts, so the kids get to utilize the summer lunch program. A truck comes to their location and serves them lunch
Along with all of the fun activities that are on site, the summer program is able to take them on lots of exciting fieldtrips. Some of the trips the children told me about were Past to the Oregon Coast, OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, the library, swimming and Portland Children’s Museum. The Summer Youth Program is designed to expose children to a wide variety of educational opportunities that might not get to be.
While working with some of the children in the program, I wanted to get to know them better. My focus was building relationship with them. I learned a little about where they go to school and what they like to do for fun. Most of the children came from very large families where they take care of each other while their parents are at work. It was great to see the children engaged in activities that they otherwise wouldn’t get to do without out the summer program. I definitely saw how beneficial this program is and hope that others get the opportunity to volunteer with CPAH.