Being the senior fundraising officer of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter at CDNIS, I have definitely addressed the third learning outcome: “Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.” All of our major events involve the 5 stages of CAS; Investigation, Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration).
We always start by conceiving an idea that can be executed within our school. An example of this is the newly founded Hoops for Habitat event. It is planned to be an annual event that works as a collaboration between the Athletic Council and our club. The idea first came when our team noticed that there was a largely untapped demographic within our school population. Previous events have never truly targeted any athletes or sporting fans specifically and Hoops for Habitat was planned to address this crowd directly. Building on a previous experiences with club fundraisers, we were able to successfully launch our new idea in the spring of 2017.
The preparation and carrying out of the event was quite a challenge as we needed to incorporate aspects that would satisfy the athletics of the event while also raising awareness of the housing issues we wanted to address. Overall, however, the event was a major success. Reflecting on how everything went, there is a lot that we can learn from last year. Communication between the organizations was key last year and it is something that we want to continually improve upon moving into the future. The CAS stages are clearly integrated into the projects that we all embark on and are crucial to success in any endeavour.