This project began as a collaboration between Network and Marygrove Men’s Empowerment Network (MMEN); it quickly spread to Marygrove’s Student Government Association, the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Latino Student Union (LSU), Phi Alpha, Take the Lead, Project Outpour, Amnesty International, the Multi-Cultural Club, Pi Gamma Mu, Zeta Amicae, Encouraging Women Everywhere (EWE), and Sigma Zeta Beta Upsilon, as well as a number of individual students.
What a wonderful success! Combining college student organization funds, cash donations, food donations, faculty and staff support, and the TIME AND SERVICE of an inspiring group of people, we were able reach our goal of 500 bag lunches!!!
The Green & Gold Lounge was an exciting place to be Saturday morning, April 7, as about 40 people gathered to pack lunches. We had four stations of activity and everyone worked together famously to get the job done! Our wonderful bus driver, Mr. Greg Thomas, showed up right on time and we headed out in two separate caravans of 5-6 vehicles each.
One group (including the Marygrove bus) went to Cass Park, Neighborhood Service Organization, and the surrounding area. Another group went to Clark Park, Roosevelt Park, and the surrounding area. A few students even broke off into smaller groups to pass out lunches to the people in between the specific locations.
We truly hit the streets of Detroit embodying the Mission of our College!
***We demonstrated COMPETENCE in identifying the areas most in need, procuring the necessary materials to get the job done, and working together as an effective team!
***We displayed COMPASSION to every individual and family we met, engaged with the community, and reached out to put food in the hands of those who need it the most!
***We showed our COMMITMENT to service by giving wholeheartedly of ourselves and our time on a beautiful Saturday morning on a holiday weekend.
Again, thanks to everyone who was involved: students, members of student organizations, donors & volunteers, faculty advisors, faculty, and staff. This could not have happened without all of your help.
If you would like to see photos from the event, they are shared on Julie Laforet’s Marygrove photo album on Facebook (pictures from this event are at the bottom).
They are on my page (Julie Laforet), and shared with the following Facebook pages:
Network, Marygrove College’s Social Work Student Organization, Marygrove College Social Work Program, and Marygrove Constituent Voice.
Thanks again and have a wonderful week!
Julie A. Laforet
BSW Student, Marygrove College ’12
Computer Lab Research Assistant, Social Work Dept.
President, Network – Marygrove College’s Social Work Student Org.