In the 2021-22 school year, HIP hosted a part-time Bachelor’s of Social Welfare (BASW) intern as part of their senior practicum. In their final week with HIP, Abhainn shared a reflection on the experience.
Last October I started my Social Work practicum here at Hunger Intervention Program not knowing what to expect. Despite growing up in Seattle I had never spent much time in the north end, and I had never worked in hunger prevention before. What I found here was an amazingly engaged, generous, and kind community of people who are all dedicated to ending hunger in the North King County area.
Everything I’ve done in my practicum has been a learning experience. Working with volunteers and program participants at Lake City Senior Days has taught me about working with community and implementing participant feedback. Drafting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy for HIP has taught me about the importance of researching best practices and the nuances of policy writing. Helping to organize the Hunger Action legislative advocacy taught me about the challenges of organizing a lobby day (especially over zoom!), and the importance of addressing the root causes of hunger.
Every step of the way I have had the opportunity to learn from the staff, volunteers, program participants, and community partners at HIP. As I graduate from the UW Social Work program, I can’t help but think about all of the support people at HIP have given me, and how grateful I am to everyone I have met and worked with over the last eight months. Thank you all so much, I couldn’t have done it without you!