11th grade U.S. history students determined that homelessness was a problem in their community. The project partner was the Los Angeles Mission, a multi-service homeless service center in Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The Mission was in great need of socks, underwear, and toiletries, so prior to volunteering at the Mission the students held a drive at school and collected more than 30 boxes full of these items. We hand-delivered the items on the day of our field trip to the Mission. Students and teachers spent 2.5 hours working in the morning doing tasks such as folding clothes, cleaning, cooking, and filing. In the afternoon students toured the facility and ended with a 10 minute walk around Skid Row, a perfect culminating activity, as it reminded students about the reality of being homeless in Los Angeles.
Cesar Chavez Foundation, "Homelessness Service-Learning Project" (2005). Project Summaries. 18.