by Sofia Galan
The Gift of Giving
I have had the privilege of being placed at Taller de José for my social work field experience this semester. Within these last three months, I have had the opportunity to service the community in more ways than I could have imagined. During the 1st semester of the Master’s program, we’re told that our first fieldwork placements are general and will help provide us with a glimpse of what to expect in our future careers. Working at Taller I’ve experienced more than just a glimpse, I have been immersed into the world of service and advocacy.
As an intern I have been presented with the opportunity to provide COVID-19 vaccination outreach, connecting and scheduling eligible residents to vaccine sites and resources, Contacting clients with DACA scholarships and grants, Document translations for Immigration and Citizenship cases as well as applying for utility assistance, financial hardship benefits, and companionship through accompaniment.
I have found great joy being part of an organization that supports clients and helps them become confident, capable, and resilient members of society. I have seen the impact of community collaboration and am proud to be taking part as an advocate and ally for individuals that are often marginalized and underrepresented. I chose to become a social worker because I saw the need for culturally sensitive and linguistically competent services. Working with Taller de José I feel like I am accomplishing what I have sought out to do as a future social worker. I am thankful for the opportunity and am looking forward to continued learning and growth for the remainder of my internship.