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Megan Sumners

Historv. Purpose. and Career Ooportunities of the Eoiscopal Church. Animal Shelter. and
Needline

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Since our project dealt with different programs, St. John's Episcopal Church, Animal

Shelter, and Needline, I will break these different parts into three sections for the three different organizations.

St John's Episcopal Church


St. John's began

in 1955. A Rev. Frank Cayce who was priest-in-charge of the missions

in Fulton, Hickman and Mayfield, saw that there were a few Episcopalians in Murray, KY. So on
October 23,1955, Father Cayce held an Evening Prayer at the Murray Woman's Club. The congregation that evening consisted of 26 individuals, including 4 college students. Then in 1956
a group

of

15 people led by Father Cayce and

Mr. Norman Klapp, wrote a letter to the Bishop of

Kentucky petitioning him for the establishment of a mission in Murray and that the name to be
St. John's. In the spring

of 1956,

St. John's leased the Houston house on Main Street across

from the Murray State campus and began to hold services. Then in 1958 St. John's Church was
bought. After buying their own church the church started to do more community service like in
1958, an ecumenical group, the Christian Social Concerns Committee, was formed in Murray and several people from St. John's were on this committee. Projects included the Murray-

Calloway County Park and Recreation Program which featured a swimming pool open to all people. Also in this year the priest of that time was also instrumental in organizing the United
Campus began

Ministy

at Murray State. Another project was the Senior Citizen's progmm which

1970 and an addition to the building and a gleenhouse were built to house this
a

program. St. John's became

multi-purpose facility, besides housing the Senior Citizen's

Megan Sumners Program, they held an after-school supervised play progmm for K-4th graders, and a Webelos

den. St. John's also became one of the sponsoring congregations of Needline. Then in 1981 a
Spouse Abuse Hotline and Safe House was established at St. John's. Then a big project of St. John's was done in2002, Angels Attic, a thrift shop started by St. John's in a house next to the

church, and conceived as an ecumenical ministy, was opened on July l

lth. And in2004 Angels

Attic started to provide the majority of the funding for Angels Community Clinic. Then in 2007
at the

lTgthAnnual Convention of the Diocese of Kentucky, the motion to receive the mission

congregation of St. John's as a parish passed unanimously.

Animal Shelter
I have not found much about the history of the Animal Shelter. They did not have
anything about their history except that the building was built in the 1970's. Though they do not
have much recorded history St. John's Youth has been going on trips to play with the animals

for

the past year and are planning to make future trips.

Needline
The plan for Needline began in November 1973 with Dr. Julie Lovins, Mrs. Euple Ward,
and Rev. David Roos. Then on March 4th1974 the organization opened with the primary

function to serve as an infonnation, screening, and referral agency. Moving to do more in the community, they started to provide assistance on emergency basis. Sadly this organization has
gone through two different fires, one in October 1983 and December 2000. The new home

in

1983 for Needline was the Weaks Community Center. While at that center Needline became a

part of United Way in 1988. When this center caught on fire in December 2000 Needline lost all

food hygiene product and the Christnas Baskets for that year. The organization then moved to

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Ellis Community Center. After the fire people of Murray-Calloway county donated enough items
to remake the Christmas baskets in five days. Purpose

I, Megan Sumners, am a youth minister to the youth at St. John's and this is
St. Johns. When presented with the project in my

a new

job at

YNL 350 class, I thought doing the project

with the youth group. Kelsey Greene and Korey Kelly joined me on the project and we decided
after asking the youth that we would go to the Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter and Needline to help. The purpose of going to these different organizatiors was to showthe youth that they could help their community, let them build teamwork, and let them take leadership roles.

Career Opportunities
In these three different organizations there are different career opportunities of different kinds. The Animal Shelter only as three diflerent paying jobs, the director and two other
employees. The director makes sure that the shelter keeps running business wise and the other employees make sure the animals are taken care of. Needline has a director as well who makes sure that Needline keeps running business wise. Then there is a secretary who does a lot of paper work for the organization. There are also positions behind the scenes. These people help organize, sort, receive, and send out food. Volunteers can help out with this as well but there needs to be people in charge.
St. John's is a part of a bigger organization and has many career opporhrnities, the

Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. Each church needs parish administrator, priest, and organist.
Some, like St. John's, need a deacon also. More diocese jobs include administrators, bishop, and

youth ministers.

Korey Kelley

Our program is linked with St. John's Episcopalian church and their youth. Since we were working with youth we had a lot of ideas on how to serve them best. This was hard because there were three of us with even more great ideas, in the end we decided to go with two. We planned and organized taking them to the Calloway County Animal Shelter and Need-Line. We decided to take the children to the animal shelter because too often people overlook the needs of the animals in the community or they do not care. So we wanted to get the youth

involved with the animals so they could see how important the animals are to our comm,nity.
We also wanted to showthem some responsibilrty by taking care of the animals. The Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter is important because it helps the

community by providing our community with a resource where you can adopt animals, learn
about their needs and they control the population. This is their mission statement:

The purpose of the Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter is to provide immediate shelter and care for any and all homeless or abused animats within Calloway County, and either reunite these animals with their owners, find them new homes, or shelter them until such time as they are redeemed, adopted, or humanely dealt with (taken from MurrayCalloway Animal Shelter, Oct 22, 2Al D"

This is important because, it teaches the children how to take care of their environment by being
an outstanding citizen of the community. This happens by learning the effects of poor animal care and can teach them about the diseases that are spread by neglected animals. Through this experience the children

will

learn that

it is part of their responsibility to take action and do their

very best to help.


The second stop on the program train is Need Line. Need line is a division of United Way that is designed to provide food assistance progmms for the hungry. Their main program is

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the backpack program. The backpack program provides low income families food for the children on the weekends. They

filI hundreds of bags with food and hand them out to the kids on

Fridays to hold them over for the weekend. They also provide assistance to families year round
and more assistance during holidays.

When the children arrive at Need Line they will be given a brief history on the organization and an overview of what they intend to do. The next thing they will do is be given a

tour of the facility and be shown to their work stations. Once in position they will be instructed
on their tasks. They

will

be

filling bags with assorted foods and then packing them into boxes to

be delivered to the schools and families.

Murray-Calloway CountyNeed Line is important to our community because theyprovide


short term emergency assistance to the citizens of Murray and Calloway County. Their mission statement:

To provide emergency assistance in paying rental bills, heating bills medical and drug bills and, in cases, related expenses. In addition food is made available to people in need.

It is important for the children to leam about what Need Line does for the community because
everyone plays apart in the betterment of the community. By doing this program they can help
take part in helping people in need and see the importance and impact that their help makes on the community. They

will

atso be able to see the advantages of helping otlers in need.

Kelsey Greene

I)evelopmental Needs. Stagqq. I)evelonmental Comoetencies. and Yalues

Introduction
Stray and un-adopted animals are affected by many issues regarding their physical and social health. In our one-aftemoon session at the animal shelter, we were able to address such
issues and the needs of the shelter. We determined what the needs were by consulting the

shelter's staff.

fltrnger is an important issue in the US. One in six children in the United States is in
danger of going hungry according to Blessingsinabackpack.org. Needline offers free food to those at risk of this problem. Needline's need is that

it needs more volunteers in order to function

more efEciently.
St. John's Episcopal Church Youth Group wished to help with these needs, so we decided

that it would be beneficial to integrate teamwork values in order to strengthen the character and cooperation of the goup dynamics.

I)evelonmental Needs
First, we took the youth group to the animal shelter and tet them walk the dogs on leashes
and play with ttrem. Then they were allowed to hold and pet the cats. During the course of this

portion of the program, we talked with the youth group about the importance of food, clean
water, and socializatron for the animals. The animals and/or children needs include those

of

physiological, safety, belonging and esteem. During the second portion ofthe program at
Needline, the children's needs that were addressed were belonging and esteem needs.

According to Maslow's Hierarchy ofNeeds, these needs are defined as the following:

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Physiological needs - *include basic...needs for food, water, shelter, sleep, sensory gratification...satisfied by a supportive environment"
Safety needs

"include being relatively free from danger"

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Affiliation

needs desire to join with others...or achieving a sense of belonging" o'expressed Esteem needs in individual and collective desires for a sense of

*the

accomplishment or achievement. This satisfaction can be received extenrally, internally, or both"

(Weis and Long,

20fi,p.la6)

In order to address the physiological needs of the animals, the children were able to give
sensory gratification by petting, scratching, and holding the dogs and cats. They were not able to

participate in feeding, giving water to, or being involved in their shelter or sleep situations, either
because the

staffhad already taken care of it or because it was ott of the children's control (in

the case of sleep). However, the chil&en have helped feed and give water to the animals in the
past. The children were able to take part in meeting the safety needs of the animals. When they

played with the dogs, some of the animals didn't get along. There were timid dogs who were

intimidated by other dogs. The children comforted the timid dogs and isolated them from any
perceived threats by the others. In addition, the children met their own safety needs by avoiding certain situations that may have become physically dangerous. By making the dogs and cats feel

comfortable, by spending time with them, and by welcoming them, the children sought to mEet
the animals' affiliation needs. This also met the affiliation need of the children by associating

withthe animals

as friends.

At Needline, the belonging and esteem needs of the youth group members were
met through the praise of the staffand through group praise, such as "look how fast we are!" The

staffat Needline made sure to show its appreciation for the work that the goup was able to do
through their volunteer efforts. Stases

In order to determine which life stages the youth group would be playing apartof while
at the animal shelter, we consulted Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development and Erikson's

Kelsey Greene Psychosocial Theory (Weis and Long,

z}ll,pp.ll7-119).

We defined these stages as the

experience stage according to Piaget and identity ver:sus role confusion according to Erikson.

While atNeedline, the program's area of focus was on the youth group's industry versus

inferiority

stage (Erikson).

The experience stage in a child's development is when they are interacting with their environment (Weis and Long, animals

20ll,pp. I l8-119). Their environment includes

the people

or

around them. At the animal shelter, the children used adaptation processes in order to

meet the safety needs of the animals at the shelter. In identity versus role confusion,

"[a]dolescents involved in healthy experiences who receive encouraging feedback for their actions usually begin to understand who they are and develop a positive self-image," which

"provide adolescents with a sense of security and confidence" (Weis and Long,

20ll,p. l lS).

The children were encouraged and praised by the youth leaders and the staff at the shelter for

helping. This self-confidence in turn made the children more willing to engage in meeting the animals' needs and to come back to help more. In industry versus inferiority, children have been rewarded for their efforts and they feel like their achievements matter (Weis and Long, 2An,pp. I l7-118). Because the children were
praised by the staff, the children were especially excited to retum to help.

Develop4lental Qompetencies
The developmental competency that we identified was the children's personaUsocial competence (Weis and Long, 2011,121). Since the focus of the program was to build

responsibility, teamwork, and community service, the other competencies hmdly came into play.
The youth group used and grew in their interpersonal, coping, and judgment skills while showing responsibilrty and teamwork.

Kelsey Greene Valugs


The values exemplified by and for (role+nodeling) the youth Soup were helpfirlness,

responsibility, teamwork, respect and thoughtfulness. All of the values were integrated into the progrcm. We encouraged the kids to work together by suggesting methods of organization and
by working together ourselves as an example. The children were already very helpful, but we
encouraged them to ask the

staffif there was more that they could help with in order to be

thoughtful. We guided them to follow all the rules at both the animal shelter and at Needline to
help integrate responsibility.

Conclusion
We feel that the needs we assessed were addressed and met tlroughout the course of the

progrilm implementation. The children and staffwould like to continue being part of the

prognm. Based on the enthusiasm of the children and the response of the animals and staff, we
feel that the program was a success.

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Hungu $tatistics. (2011). Blessings in aBackpack. REtievedNovember 9,2011,

from IA:

Weis, RM., & tong, R.F. (201l). Leoding ond Managing Nonprofit Orgoizaions. Peosta, Eddie Bowers Publishing Co.,Inc.

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Appendix A Date:

Proeram Plannins Steps

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Name of Organization: St. John's Episcopal Church Name of Program/Project: St. John's Episcopal Church Youth Group

Program Coordinator: Megan Sumners Members: Name 1. Mesan Sumners 2. Korey Kelley 3. Kelsey Greene

Phone Number (731) 336-sU7 (931) 627-5sAl

E-mail Address
msumners@,murraystate. edu korev.kellev@murravstate. edu

(270\217-7851

kw eeneZ @,murraystate.edu

Program Objectives:
We creatsd our prograrn in order to sfrengthen thg teamwork skills and the senses of responsibilitv and communi8 service in the St. John's Youth Group by rsaching out to the communitv. Our qualita.tive obi ectives include: Develop cooperatign within the roup Help the children have responsibili8 when it comes to serving others Increase the youth group's knowledge of the importance of serving the community Serve the communi8 Orn quantitative objectives include: Help for one hour or more doing 2 types of comgrunity sgryice Meet on October 22 to interact with animals and leam about needs of the shelter for an hour Meet onNovember 8 to volunteer atNeedline for an hour Go to the local fire station in order to learn a.bout fire safgty

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Estimated Direct Expenses


$o

Estimated Direct Income


$0

Gain (Deficit)
$0

Actual Direct Costs


$0

Actual Direct Income


$0

Gain @eficit)
$0

Action Steos or Work Tasks

1.

2. 3. 4.

Committee selection Contact church vestry about Drosram Program planning with youth grouD Program plannine

Person Responsible Sumners. Kelley" Greene


Sumners Sumners, Greene Sunrners, Kelley, Greene
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Comnletion Dates 08123ltt 09105/tr

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Evaluation S+4man Number of Particinants for the Animal Shelter nortion: 8 clrildren. 4 adults Comments: 1. I loved it! 2. Can we do it aeain? Number of Particioants for the Needline portion: 7 children 3 adults Obs?rvations: 1. The children were laughing and smiliqg the whole time. 2. The staffexpresqed being i{npressed andpleased with the yputh group's work. 3. The children showed pride intheir speed and achievements.
Recommendations for Future Programs,: tn the future. it )vould be bp.neficial to improve co{nmunication amongst the programplannine me{nbers. There were a couple of miscommunications and areas of confusion.

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Aoqendix 4

Ri, sk

Maqasement Plan

Neithet Needline nor the Murray-Calloway Anirnal Shelter had written or detailed risk
management plans. When we asked Needline about their risk management plan they said had one

if they

it would be basic. For example, if there was a tornado they would get in a place without

windows or doors. When we asked the Animal Shelter they told us steps if one is biuen by an
animal. If one is bitten by an animal the staffwill write down the name, number, and address

of

the person. Then the dog is quarantined for ten days. If either the person who was bitten or the animal that did the biting show side effects in these ten days, the animal is put back with the rest

of the animals. If there is a side effect the dog is sent away for behavioral tests.

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Anpendix D - Conv of Evaluation Plan and Materials

Mu,rpv-Callowav Countv Animal Shelter


The evaluation was conducted verbally, so there were no forms for the children to We thought it best to conduct a casual focus group in order to get honest and comfortable
answers. The children have known Megan for a long time and felt comfortable sharing their experiences with her, whereas

fill

out.

if a sfianger had given them a survey they might

have been less at

ease. Kelsey was an objective observer and recorded the responses of both the speaker and the

gther members of the group who were listening. The following are questions that we asked the

children and things that we wanted to observe throughout the course of the portion of the
program implemented at the animal shelter:

Did everyone have fun walking the dogs and playing with the cats?
we do that again?" o'I want to take Teddy home with me!" (One little girl had already named one of the dogs Teddy because she liked him so much.) ooYeah, it was a lot of fun."
ooYes,I loved o'Can

it!"

What was your favorite part? "Walking the dogs, for sure."
o'The

cats."

'?laying with Teddy." "The kitties!" "Spending time with the animals." Quantitative: -Learrring what the shelter needs -Learning what it does for animals Qualitative: -How they feol about the experience -Do the children think it's important?

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Needline
For this portion of the program, the evaluation was primarily observations. The youth group has been to Needline before, so we thought that a pre/post test method of evaluation

wouldn't yield accurate results. We asked them casual questions orce more.
Observationp: The children reflected back on the previous times that they had been there throughout the experience. They talked frequently about a time when they had gotten to sort groceries into bags

in order to grve to people who came to Needline. They said things like *That was so much They smiled and laughed the whole time that they helped.
One of the boys stepped up and showed leadership skills as he helped organize the

fun!'

sorting and passing while they marked bar codes

offof the canned goods. The group showed

teamwork skills as they followed his direction.


The staffcommented several times about how quickly the group worked, which seemed to motivate them to work even faster. The children seemed very pleased with their work and the
praise that they received. They were very eager to help and asked for more things to do. At times

they became a little competitive, which slightly messed up the flow of progress, but any lag time

in between tasks brought them back into focus.


Ouestions: Do you thinkyou would use any of the items that Needline is giving away? *Otr, yes. I would use all ofthese." "Yeah, the people who get this get really good stuff. Mac'n'cheese is my favorite!" Do you feel good about the workyou've done here? *'Yes, that was a lot of fun!" "Yep. My favorite part was the bar codes and the sorting,"

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Appendix E
Megan Sumners

- Leadephip

and Manaeement Report

In this project I did a lot of the communicating between the group and the youth. I wrote
the emails and answered any questions for the parents. Also I communicated between the Animal Shelter and Needline for dates and times to come. I would also make sure of travel and at the progfitms I would make sure the kids all were happy and had something to do. I also was the main one in the group to make sure things were being done and what needed to be done next.

Also I would try to flrange different meeting times.

ln this project I was the Human Relation part of the Leadership and Character model
because

of all of my different tasks. I also showed a lot of passion for the project to get the kids

involved and also because these kids are already a passion of mine.
For the Tri-Dimensional model I showed more of relationship part than any anotherpart

of the model. I tried to build a relationship with the kids and their parents as well. I also did
many tasks behind the scenes by making the arrangements for the trips. For maturity I did grow

in the way I communicated and also leadership roles within the group and with the youth.

Also in the PIE model I took part in all the stages. I helped plan for the different events
by doing contacting the youth and organizations. In the implement step I helped make sure the

trip was going according to plan. For the last step I would help evaluate by asking different
questions about the trips and what they learned. For the future I would like to be able to plan the events better. More of when they were then how they were done. I would have rather planned the events during their fall break rather than the end of October and the bsginning of November. I also would make taking pictures a

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bigger deal because that is record of what the kids have done and the church enjoys seeing what they have done.

Korev Kellev
Our project was developed to help teach responsibility through community service at the

Calloway County Animal Shelter and teach teamwork by having the participants work together
at Need Line. We were also going to take them to the volunteer

fire department and teach them

fire prevention methods and take them on a tour of the station and show them what all of the
equipment does. However, due to timing we were not able to do the fire deparEnen! only the

animal shelter andNeed Line. As far as planning goes, I helped out by ptanning the fire deparbnent section. I frst had to find out who I needed to contact from my deparhent to run the program. Once I got Scott's information I talked to him about what we were trying to do and he loved the idea because he
teaches

fre prevention to school kids and many others. He ran me through the fire trailer

and

talked about what the kids would learn while they were there. Then we secured a tour through our newly built training towero so we could show them all the equipment that we use during

training so we can perform to the best of our ability. Finally we agreed on a date that this would all take place. The downfall was that from a lack of excitement from participants and the added
fact that it was their fall break there were not enough kids interested in it when it came time.

I was also transportation for

us to the animal shelter, unfortunately on the way there we

were in a car accident and I had to stay there while the report was made and had to miss the program. I also had to miss the Need Line portion because I had a class that I could not get out

of. I helped make the poster and the presentation.

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Kelsey Gregne

I had various roles in the progftmr. The first was to help come up with ideas along with
Megan and Korey. We all met and bounced ideas

offof

each other. I was there when Megan

talked to the youth group on a Wednesday night meeting to find out what they wanted to do as part of the program.

I took a notebook with me to each of the planning sessions and recorded what was
discussed. Megan and Korey dictated to me while I wrote down our ideas.

I was in charge of

recording and reporting evaluations as well. I also helped design the poster board. In the future, I would have started my portion of the work sooner and shown more

initiative about group planning meetings. Also, I would

fy

to speak up more when with the

youth Soup. I tended to be shy when I was arotmd them because I wasn't sure if they were
comfortable with me or not. Despite the fact that I'm shy, I think that in the Integrated Leadership and Character

Model of leadership I would be best at implementing Human Relations Skills, Character, and
Purpose because I like aspects of a progmm that have to do wittr character, conflict
managemen! and teamwork more than any other part of program planning. However, if I were to
do this program again

I would try to improve my Coneeptual SkilIs, Technical Skills, and

sense

of Passion. I would like to have more vision for what a goup ofpeople is capable of and
empower them to be a part of what that vision is.

If I were to lead the project on my own, I would most likely


leader according to the

be a

participating (S3)

Tri-Dimensional Leader Effectiveness ModeL This is where I would be

most comfortable because I don't like to dictate what other people do if I'm not part of what

they're doing, too. I would shme in the work and try to be an example of what a good progftrm
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ptanning member acts like and how one performs in ordei for everything to be effective and

efficient.

If I were to use a different leadership model

than the two

mmtiorcd above, I woutd use

the Collaborative Leaderchip model. I would use this model in order for everyone's voice to be
heard and so thatthe steps in the prcgram planning process would be a group decision when

appropriate.

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