At the beginning of the semester the American and Wyoming Government class read with instructor Ellen Creagar the Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, by Paul Loeb, and discussed why it matters for citizens to get involved and what a person gets back when they get involved. Each student then chose a service project, the requirements being that it is something the student is interested in, it does not pay, and it helps others somehow.
Joe Steele, from Torrington, WY wanted to do something to help the homeless he saw in Denver. He discovered that over 11,000 people in Denver are homeless in any given month. He then decided to collect needed items (like clothing, coats, hats, gloves and blankets) for a homeless shelter in Denver.
“Joe did it all, from the ads to the collection to the delivery. I helped only with advice and logistics” said instructor Ellen Creagar. Joe had conviction about this and acted upon it, exactly the type of soul Loeb describes,” added Creagar.