November Service

Hello, SAL members!  Having the holidays and exams around you sure didn’t stop the service projects in November.  Numerous chapters continued in SAL’s mission for fighting hunger.   As usual, helping with children was a popular service event this month as well as cleaning up in your communities.   Due to the cold weather moving in, several chapters found ways to warm up those who are less fortunate and other chapters warmed themselves up by exercising for a good cause.

University of Akron, Eastern Tennessee State University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Middle Tennessee State University,  Old Dominion University,  Purdue University,  San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Kentucky, University of Memphis, Youngstown State University, University of South Florida, Mississippi State University,  Oklahoma State University, Arizona State University  and California State University Fresno all held food drives during the month of November.   University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Tennessee and University of Arizona cooked a meal for their local Ronald McDonald House this month.   Binghamton University cooked and served at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen while San Jose State University volunteered running a restaurant at Karma Kitchen.   Texas State University volunteered with Feed the Hungry, where they prepared different dishes that were to be served at the San Marcos Thanksgiving Dinner.   Rowan University adopted a family for Thanksgiving and donated a very generous basket of food to them.   California State University Long Beach volunteered at a local food bank sorting, sanitizing, and packing food boxes.   James Madison University volunteered at a local homeless shelter not only cooking and serving, but also cleaning up the facility.  University of Wisconsin Madison participated in Savory Sunday, where members collaborated to prepare and serve hot, fresh meals for more than fifty members of the Madison community.   Murray State University participated in Need Line Community Service Project, where they organized food and clothing for those who could not afford them.

A couple of chapters used food to further a great cause.   Boston University held a bake sale to purchase coats for those in need.  Eastern Washington University baked goods to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank.   Indiana University of Pennsylvania held a spaghetti dinner to raise money for a cause close to their heart, Sarcoidosis.    Middle Tennessee State University cooked for, served, and spent time with ladies transitioning back to society from prison by volunteering at The Next Door.   Ohio University worked through Second Harvest Food Bank to participate in a poverty simulation where they helped others see what living in poverty is like.

Other universities worked hard this month to aid those in need.   Binghamton University helped organize the Rescue Mission Thrift Shop and made fleeces to be distributed for the winter.   Ohio State University made blankets to be distributed to the homeless in their community.   University of Louisiana Lafayette collected 35-40 bags of items to donate to Goodwill including clothes, shoes, toys, and even a television.   Florida State University volunteered at Sharing Tree, a similar organization to Goodwill, where they sorted through books and teaching materials.   University of Michigan worked through United to Heal to sort medical supplies that were donated from Michigan hospitals.

SAL chapters also served children in their communities and beyond this month.   Binghamton University made children happy by decorating their local museum’s Christmas trees with lights.  San Jose State University also decorated for Christmas by leading groups who set up lights at Christmas in the Park.   Colorado State University participated in Fundango, a local event for foster and adoptive families.  SAL members worked at different stations including dinner, craft, snack, guest musician, dancing contest and games.  Rowan University, Youngstown State University, University of Mississippi and University of Nebraska Lincoln participated in Operation Christmas Child, where students filled shoeboxes full of presents and necessities to be sent to very impoverished children overseas.   Southern Illinois University Carbondale prepared for Up All Night with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by sending out letters asking for donations to help fight cancer and other diseases that affect children.   Texas State University participated in Bobcat Build, a community fair, where they painted faces for children.

In addition to feeding others and working with children, SAL members did a lot of cleaning this month.  Colorado State University enjoyed the beautiful weather outside by raking leaves and cleaning up the outside of a home in their community.   California State University Fresno SAL members also raked leaves in addition to picking up trash for a local Plant-n-Clean event.   Florida State University picked up trash as well along the portion of a road they have adopted.   Rowan University cleaned and picked up trash around campus at Rowan’s Clean and Green event.   University of Wisconsin Whitewater also picked up garbage around the campus.   San Diego State University participated in a beach clean-up day where SAL members joined others to pick up trash along the beach and University of California Riverside cleaned up a garden in a local park.   Purdue University took cleaning a different direction and cleaned kennels at a local Pet shelter.   Wichita State University also helped clean up after pets after assisting with a Humane Society party encouraging others to adopt animals.

Exercising for a cure is always a great SAL service idea.   University of South Florida SAL members participated in a 3 mile Heart Walk for heart disease.   University of Texas Arlington set up a basketball hoop at the Great American Smoke Out, a Relay for Life fundraiser and Texas A & M University participated in a 5K to raise money for Relay for Life.   They also donated $50 to the Alzheimer’s Walk to help find a cure for the disease.   San Jose State University SAL members exercised to fight breast cancer by walking in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk.   George Washington University also walked for a greater cause by participating in the Help the Homeless Walk-a-thon.   Arizona State University SAL members were a great help to those walking in the MS Walk.  They passed out water and Gatorade to the participants and helped cheer them on.   Like last year, they won an award for their efforts.

SAL chapters themselves deserve to be cheered on for all that happened this month.   Give yourselves another pat on the back, members.   November was a huge success for service!

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