My experience collaborating with St. Vincent De PauL
The collaboration I've done, and am currently completing, with St. Vincent De Paul has been an interested and invaluable experience. As it was my first time doing a collaboration like this with a community partner, I did not know what to expect and the guidance provided to me and my team by our Design and Arts Corp instructors alleviated the initial nervousness.
Our connect to St. Vincent De Paul, Marcelino, was an acting student at Arizona State University so working with him made the process all the more easy in terms of understanding the creative and production timeline as well as on-set production and directing actors. The moment when there was no more question about the creative agency that my team and I had on the project was when Marcelino went out of the way to remind us that he wanted us to take creative license over the project!
Something that St. Vincent De Paul has taught me about charity and service of others is that 1. people should not be labeled by their experiences 2. if you have the ability to assist then you should 3. there is a difference between band-aid fixes and long term solutions. St. Vincent De Paul is very wise in their wording and training of their volunteers. One example of this being, rather than saying homeless people saying people experiencing homelessness rehumanizes those in need. Simple changes in diction and syntax can mean the difference between dignity for most. St. Vincent De Paul is rooted in service of others and they feel as though if you have the means to assist than you should. Our capitalist American culture keeps us in the frame of thought that those who work for their money should choose 100% what they do with their money regardless of others. While this is understandable, America also has a homelessness and hunger issue and 1% of the countries population retains most of the wealth. That's just something to keep in mind. Last, but most certainly not least, St. Vincent De Paul operates on short terms and long terms. For example, they provide family dinners every night which allow families to eat but also source and assist ways in which these same families can find long term solutions to their family struggle.
The largest struggle with this collaboration has less to do with St. Vincent De Paul and more to do with the fact that my team and I are students with full class schedules, multiple jobs, extracurriculars, and creative projects and scheduling was certainly our largest issue.
Before this experience, I decided I had never wanted to go commercial and end up creating PSA's, Commercials, and other kinds of videos that I deemed lacked creativity but what I've found is that anything can be creative if I allow it to be! If the work we were doing with St. Vincent De Paul were to continue, I would love to maintain their social media to bring service into the lifestyles of more people that I know!
Each day we get on average 23 hours, 53 minutes, and 4 seconds to make it something we're proud of.