University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Festival: Admissions Gates/General Assistance

30 hours

Supervisor: Michelle Harris
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer Hosted by the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. (ECAHMAA), visitors to Eau Claire HmongFest 2023 will experience and celebrate our rich Hmong culture through an exciting two days of authentic Hmong food and craftsmanship, singing and dancing competitions, sports tournaments, and a night festival featuring local and national Hmong singers and influencers. This event will raise funds to help support Hmong community members, particularly Hmong youth, with extracurricular activities, scholarships, and culture & language classes. Some of the proceeds will also go towards building a commercial kitchen to facilitate traditional Hmong cultural practices, as well as contribute to entrepreneurial opportunities and ECAHMAA’s direct services and programs. Students will work with event coordinators and the public in an outdoor setting.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Eau Claire HmongFest seeks to foster strong relationships within the Hmong community and with wider community members who want to experience and celebrate unique aspects of Hmong culture in a fun and vibrant setting. All are welcome.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Interpersonal and communication skills are required as student volunteers will interact with festival coordinators/supervisors, members of the public, and other volunteers. Other useful skills include: • Cashiering. Helpful experience includes: • Guest/customer service. Reliability is also essential as Eau Claire HmongFest depends on volunteers to run successfully. All activities will take place outdoors, some on uneven terrain.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Objectives for student learning and service include building professional communication skills. Student volunteers will interact with festival coordinators, members of the public, and other volunteers. By volunteering, students have the opportunity to communicate with a variety of people in a relaxed setting. Students will also develop problem solving skills as they encounter various questions to answer and obstacles to overcome when assisting festival attendees.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer Volunteers must be available for the event on Saturday and/or Sunday, June 17—June 18, 2023 for at least one 4-hour shift. Volunteers will choose from 4-hour shifts between the hours of 6:30am-10pm on Saturday and between the hours of 6:30am-6pm on Sunday. Volunteers must attend one mandatory organizational meeting—a choice of dates and times will be made available upon signing up. Volunteers will receive one free meal coupon for each shift volunteered, and one free event admission per day of volunteering.


Additional information (not required).

Answer To volunteer, please copy/paste the URL below to go to our SignUpGenius. Once signed up there, you will then be directed to a google form with multiple dates and times for one mandatory meeting. Volunteer coordinators will contact you by email. Thanks for helping to make Eau Claire HmongFest 2023 a success!