Through a new Community Outreach Committee, Honors Program students volunteered with five regional organizations during the 2016-17 academic year. While in past years Honors students primarily fundraised for charities, the committee was designed to promote student engagement in service.
Throughout the year, students participated in a service trip to Elmwood Park Zoo, where they cleaned the zoo and fed birds and giraffes; The Baby Bureau, where they folded and sorted donations; St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, through a holiday card collection; Jewish Relief Agency, where they packaged food for distribution; and Face to Face, where they prepared, cooked, and delivered meals.
“The committee enjoyed the opportunity to promote student engagement in service during its initial year,” said coordinator Olivia Bates ’18. Along with Elizabeth Gillen ‘19, the coordinators were responsible for organizing the service opportunities and recruiting student participants. “We look forward to increasing service opportunities for students, and continuing to support local community organizations.”