Meredith Participates in Numerous Holiday Service Projects
Service projects are a regular part of life at Meredith College, and no time is busier than the holiday season. This year, faculty, staff and students have supported a variety of community organizations.
The Staff Affairs Committee sponsored a clothing drive for Dress for Success, an organization promoting the economic independence of women. Hundreds of items of women’s business clothing were collected for the local chapter, which was founded by Meredith alumna Pat Nathan Groves, ’74.
Psi Chi, Meredith’s psychology honors society, again sponsored its Angel Tree project, which collected gifts for children in the Wake County area. Participants could choose a paper angel that detailed a child’s holiday wishes.
Many departments on campus have supported Meredith’s Habitat for Humanity home this season. The College Programs division will volunteer at the worksite following the division’s holiday luncheon. The Career Center staff did a shift at the site on November 21, repairing a roof overhang, putting up siding and adding insulation around the windows.
Career Center Director Marie Sumerel said the experience had several benefits for her team, which also included Dana Sumner, Amy Losordo, Mary Ellen Philen and Ann Phillips.
“While working, we had the chance to visit and get to know several Meredith students,” said Career Center Director Marie Sumerel. “We also worked side by side with Hughes Pittman and Gupton staff [an accounting firm] and shared with them the high quality of our accounting students. It was a good day for team building and giving back to Meredith and our community.”
For information on Meredith’s Habitat House, visit www.meredith.edu/habitat. To volunteer on the project between semesters, contact the Habitat of Humanity Wake County Chapter at email@example.com.
Chaplain Sam Carothers suggests downtown Raleigh’s Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen for those who are looking for another service option.
The soup kitchen has a particular need for volunteers on Mondays during the month of December. Up to 10 volunteers are needed for each volunteer shift. The time commitment is approximately 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Contact Carothers at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 760-8346 for more information.
Date Submitted: 2008-12-08