From volunteering at the local city mission on the weekend to building houses during spring break, Washington & Jefferson College students are finding unique ways to make an impact in the community. Here are six examples:
1.) W&J is one of nine colleges nationwide awarded a grant from Youth Serve America and the Sodexo Foundation to create a Hunger Task Force (pictured right), recruiting 500 volunteers and collecting 400 nonperishable food items in the fight against local hunger.
2.) To aid relief efforts following the tsunami in Japan, Jin Wang ’13 and members of W&J’s Asian Culture Association presented a check and 300 origami cranes to the Embassy of Japan in D.C.
3.) Students logged in 300 working hours during spring break to build a house for Habitat for Humanity in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (pictured left).
4.) In the last three years, W&J students have raised $46,000 in donations for patients of St. Jude’s Research Hospital through a letter-writing campaign.
5.) Olivia Long ’14 (pictured right) sold 250 cups of lemonade to raise $500 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, making W&J a top ten fundraiser among colleges in the fight against childhood cancer.
6.) The Presidents scored 57 points against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a charity basketball game, raising more than $600 for the Washington County Special Olympics.