Thus far in my career at Allegheny I have been fortunate enough to participate in a number of short term service projects, however they had a longer lasting effect on me then on the community. For they are what solidified my desire to participate in a larger, more concrete experience. It is my sincere hope that I will be able to bring my unique set of experiences and perspectives together to create more meaningful and substantial change, while simultaneously being pushed to learn more about what it means to be a member of and a leader in a community. Also, as a Community and Justice Studies minor, it is imperative that I have the opportunity to set down my books, step away from the classroom, and actually experience active participation through civic engagement.
I became a Davies Leader because I see the importance in forging bonds between Allegheny students and citizens of the greater Meadville area. I enjoy participating in meaningful volunteer work in the communities I call home, and I wanted to become more involved in Meadville. The Davies Community Service Leaders Program particularly appeals to me because of its mission to blur the line between the college and the surrounding community and to engage students in project-based initiatives as collaborators with community organizations rather than simply as volunteers. This collaboration is vital in strengthening the bonds within the larger community. I am currently working with Project O.N.E. (Offering Nutrition for Everyone) through the Meadville Market House. Project O.N.E. aims to develop a strong relationship between local farmers and the Meadville community and to provide access to fresh, healthful foods to Meadville residents. Summer’s Bounty community-supported agriculture and Back to Basics cooking classes are Project O.N.E.’s main programs to educate the community about the benefits of locally grown foods and good nutrition and to make connections between the community and local farmers.
Hi, my name is Charles Mosca and I am a Davies leader. I was first approached to join the program by Laura O’ Campo, who knew very well of my love of serving others. The idea of working on a service project that could possibly assist the Meadville community as a whole really excited me. I love committing myself to service and uplifting those around me. Seeing the smiles on those who had been struggling for so long, helps build up my own character and creates happiness within myself. I have a dream of saving the world and I believe that Davies program is a fantastic place to start. My site is the Meadville Area Recreational Complex by the Meadville area high school and middle school. I am working with the director Chris Nuzback to help expand the MARC’s fitness facility and other projects. I expect that my knowledge and skill in health and fitness, a topic which I love, will grow and prepare me for the art of personal training. I will assist in helping others to become the strongest versions of themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. I believe that supporting the MARC will renew Meadville’s relationship with the college and inspire others to take part in the Davies program while relishing in the passions of duty altruism and love.
I joined the Davies program because I felt compelled to involve myself more deeply in the Meadville community through service. I hope that through my time at the Chamber of Commerce I can contribute to fostering economic growth in Meadville and can help to bridge the gap between Allegheny College and the Meadville Community. I will be assisting the Chamber in planning their many events, including the upcoming Thunder in the City event. I hope that through my service I can encourage Allegheny students to become more active citizens in the city of Meadville while aiding the Chamber in fostering a sense of community that encourages its members to take pride in the town, contributing to the civic renewal and vitality that is central to the Davies Program.