Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Group 1: The Great Book Giveaway

For our group project “The Great Book Giveaway” (#GreatBookGiveaway), we are required to use our knowledge of group and team working skills to successfully distribute over 30 books to an organization of our choosing in our ACOM304 Group Conference and Leadership course at the University at Albany. The members in our group are Jenna Dobin, Brianne Dolan, YoonKyung Cho, Alexander Moeller, Jessica Henkel, and Jane Kim. Together we used a Consensus approach to distribute these books in an organized manner. This means that any conflict that we faced or goals that we had in mind throughout our journey, we approached through sharing ideas with each other in a fishbowl discussion style, and then deciding which course of action would bring us the best outcome. We worked together to all gather the amount of required books. These books included childrens books, textbooks, and books just for leisure reading. We then agreed on an organization that would benefit the most from our books by thinking of places where all types of people go due to our broad spectrum of donated book genres. The organization we chose was the New Hope Reformed Church in Yonkers, NY to receive the books during Easter Break 2015 (early April). This is a Korean-American church with attendees primarily of Korean background. We chose a church because one of the main purposes of the existence of churches is for people to come together. We believe that books hold the very same power in bringing people together, and we can help so many people with different interests by donating many types of books. The website of New Hope Reformed Church in Yonkers is http://www.nydongsan.com/, however, it is written entirely in Korean. From here, we had to figure out how we actually wanted to ship those books to their destination, and now we are awaiting a receipt that will prove that we have accomplished the assignment successfully. If anyone is interested in getting involved with donating books, contact the Communication Department at the University at Albany, SUNY. There are many other places to donate to and clubs to donate with! Some examples include ROTC, library programs, school book drives, and overseas donation programs.

By following our hashtags listed in our posts, you can follow all of our progress, and get involved as well! Our hashtags are mostly aimed toward a Twitter audience, but we look ahead to possible expansion into Instagram or Facebook, too. We look forward to seeing your participation on social networks, and through the participation of others, we may influence many others. The Great Book Donation has the power to influence people just like books, and we hope to share our vision with as many other people as we can.


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