University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Fresh Start Construction Worker

30 hours

Community partner: Western Dairyland
Supervisor: Shelly Hoversholm
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer Fresh Start is currently seeking individuals to help at our construction site. Experience in construction is preferred, but not necessary as students will be assisting with general construction duties. They will also help to oversee the Fresh Start youth and keep them on task with the help of our site supervisor. The youth are at the construction site Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm, located this year in Fall Creek, and we can work around your schedule! Students will be assisting a family in our community that is of low income and in need of a home. Students are also serving as role models and mentors for the fresh start youth.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer "Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit community action agency established June 6, 1966, under the Economic Opportunity Act to help disadvantaged individuals in the western Wisconsin counties of Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau. The agency's mission is to alleviate poverty-related conditions and provide opportunities which enable people to advance economically and socially. The Western Dairyland Fresh Start Program helps build strong communities by involving at-risk young adults, ages 16 to 24, in the construction and rehabilitation of homes in western Wisconsin. When completed, the houses are sold to income-eligible families in the community. Fresh Start combines classroom instruction to help the youth complete studies for their high school diplomas, GED or HSED with other educational goals including independent living skills and the actual ""hands on"" construction work. All program participants are AmeriCorps members, and an hourly wage is paid for construction work. The most important goal of the project is to help youth find their way toward self-sufficiency and build self-esteem through accomplishment, while staying on the path to success."


What skills are required for this project?
Answer Construction skills are preferred, but not required. Ability to work in a team and help mentor the fresh start youth.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer Students are to help with tasks on the construction site, which in the end is beneficial to a family in our community that is of low income and in need of a home. They are also serving as role models and mentors for the fresh start youth.


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer Fresh start youth are on the construction site Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm. Students would need to be available at least part of this time in order to do this service project. 15 or 30 hours can be completed.


Additional information (not required).
Answer None