Category Archives: Makes

Trash Bins

Aster, Laura, and I met up on 25th of November to make a design and plan supplies needed for crafting donation bins for the Ram Pantry. We planned during our canceled class time and emailed Bonnie and  We Terrence the list of supplies. After we were beginning to get excited about the bins we began running into several problems.

1. We had a budget and didn’t know it.

2. It was only $25.

3. We are told we could use the ram pantry to paint at, but the day we planned on working on the bins they aid we couldn’t use the space.

We ended up not doing the bins this semester which was pretty disappointing. We put so much time and effort into getting things planned out and finally getting get people to volunteer. Although this was disappointing, hopefully the next semester of students working with the RamPantry will have better planning than we did.

Make #11 – Food Untruths

Untruth #1 – Raw carrots are more nutritious than cooked carrots.

Cooking carrots increase the nutritional value of the vegetable. When cooking, the cellular walls that encase the betacarotene are broken down. The cell walls become less rigid and makes it easier to digest.

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Untruth #2 – Avoid eggs because of their cholesterol content.

Recent research has shown that eggs do not contribute to high cholesterol levels. Eggs are a source of many vitamins and nutrients.

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Untruth #3 – Drinking red wine protects your heart.

It is not the red wine that protects your heart, it is the alcohol in the red wine. Alcohol increases cholesterol levels (the “good” cholesterol) and helps protect against artery damage. According to health officials, most say that one or two drinks per day won’t hurt and can be beneficial.

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Untruth #4 – Radiation in microwaves creates dangerous compounds in you food.

Cooking food in the microwave is no different in comparison to a different cooking method. Microwaves used to cook food are weak compared to other forms of radiation. However, depending on the container the food is being heated in, chemicals from the container may seep into the food. The microwave itself will not create dangerous compounds.

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Untruth #5 – If the label says “natural,” it is better for you.

Just because a label says “natural,” it does not mean that is better for you. Products labeled with those terms can be just as unhealthy and processed compared to those that are not labeled. Be cautious of what you choose at the market and do not get sucked into those sneaky terms that manufacturers use.

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Make #10 – Photo Montage

ReEstablish Richmond Photo Montage

This photo montage was created by our group to present to Kimberly. She wanted us to put together a photo montage of pictures that were captured by the ReEstablish Richmond’s employees. Unfortunately, we were not able to capture our own moments throughout the semester. We never got the chance to work with refugees or even visit the ReEstablish Richmond office. I would of liked to create my own montage with photos that I took over the course of working with the organization. However, these photos give a better insight and help provide a visual of what the organization does for the community.



Make #8 – Insight on Non Profit


I chose to interview Kelly Sheaff, who has been volunteering and working with BARK over the past semester. BARK is a non-profit organization that stands for Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue K-9s. The organization rescues dogs from local animal shelters in order to help them find loving homes. When Kelly volunteers at BARK she plays with the dogs, walks them around the property, and will clean their cages. As an avid animal lover, she explained the satisfaction she receives after working with the dogs. She loves being able to help make a difference within the organization as well as for the dogs.

Make #7 – Advertisements

Social Media and Marketing Materials

Creating the advertisements for the fundraiser satisfied the requirements for Make#7. Leading up to the ReEstablish Richmond fundraiser at Bakers Crust, we worked to produce proper marketing materials to get the word out. As a group, we all worked together to create the materials. This was very important to do beforehand in order for the event to be successful. We created a Facebook page, handouts for each table, and flyers that we posted all around campus and Carytown. We chose to create a Facebook page for the event mainly because it is a very popular social media platform. We all invited our own families and friends to the event. I do think that making the advertisements and getting the word out, definitely helped the turnout at the event. It was a successful night and I hope our efforts helped the organization!

Facebook Page

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Facebook Cover Page


ReEstablish Richmond – Table Handouts


ReEstablish Richmond – Flyer


Make #6 – Reimagine Infograph

I wanted to tie this info graph into something relatable for ReEstablish Richmond. A couple weeks ago, one of our tasks were to gather pictures of different food items that are typically eaten during each meal throughout the day. We also had to research items eaten during those meals for the Iraqi, Afghani, Burmese, and Cuban cultures. I enjoyed learning about the different cultures and how they vary from what I am accustomed to. For the new info graph I created, I thought it would be useful to show the differences for breakfast between cultures. The refugees at ReEstablish Richmond can see how their cultures relates to others.

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