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Spring House Calls

Project Overview

Spring House Calls (SHC) is the largest and oldest service-learning project of the Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Medical Service-Learning .  Now in its 20th year, SHC is a service project dedicated to providing home and lawn maintenance for elderly and disabled, minority homeowners in 2 inner-city neighborhoods to the east and west of the IU campus.  On March 28, 2015, the SHC group will plant flowers, cut grass, remove weeds, wash windows, and perform maintenance on the homes.  

SHC is coordinated, managed, and  operated by medical students with guidance and support from the Office of Medical Service-Learning (OMSL).

How can I get involved?

Team Leader - approximate time commitment 6 hours

Your job is to lead a team of volunteers. A pre-event house visit is encouraged, but this should be brief; if a visit is not possible, a confirmation phone call will suffice. Also, a meeting or two will take place before the actual day of service to confirm volunteers and home visits, as well as provide demographic information on the neighbors we will be serving and working with. There may or may not be a wrap-up meeting. All told, this will amount to approximately 2 hours of time outside of the 4 hour SHC event. Leaders are welcome to recruit from outside the medical school to fill their teams with family, friend, etc.

Day-of Volunteer  - approximate time commitment: 4 hours

Your job is simple.  You show up the day of the event to the Christamore House, learn which team you've been assigned to, meet with your team, load up your supplies, then head to your house.  

Typical schedule on the day of the event:

8:30 AM - Check in at the Christamore House
9:00-12:30 PM - Yard maintenance and landscaping at assigned home
12:30-1:30 PM - Post-event lunch at the Christamore House (for volunteers & homeowners)

 

 

Remember, teams do not need to be composed of just IUSM students; other IUPUI and IU graduate students, friends, family, and anyone else are allowed and encouraged to participate! Also, teams are a great way for SIGs to get involved with service-learning at IUSM.

 

Feel free to contact any of the co-chairs  or IUSMSpringHouseCalls@gmail.com with questions.

 

Current Co-Chairs

Meredith Faller
Mark Hood

Faculty Advisor

Lisa Harris, MD

We would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their help in making SHC in past years a success....

Your Company's Logo Could Be Here. Donations of time, talent, and money are instrumental in the success of Spring House Calls.  In the past, area businesses have donated money, landscaping supplies, food, and t-shirts for volunteers and neighborhood residents.

Address | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 274-0000 | Fax: (317) 278-0000