The organization I volunteer at is at a church in the Amherst area that serves about 3,000 people.  They offer childcare services, counseling, internships, and service opportunities that are available to attenders and benefit the local community.  In addition, the church financially invests in communities and organizations worldwide reaching from disaster relief in impoverished countries to drilling wells for communities in Africa.

Service learning helps me to be able to give back to the community and use my knowledge of graphic design for purposes outside of school projects.  This helps me to get exposure to using my experiences to help with community efforts while using my design background and to work with other professionals who may not have a background in a creative field.

Coming to a resolution to problems and difference in opinions is necessary in my field, and I definitely gained that experience throughout my experience volunteering for the media arts industry. — Samantha Manns, Graphic Design

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