Hawks Helping Hartford: Foodshare

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Hawks Helping Hartford

My friend and I signed up for Hawks Helping Hartford last year in April. It is a program where students can choose from a variety of community service options around the community. The university provides us with transportation as well as a breakfast before we start. Also, they gave us these tye-dye shirts which, in hindsight, look very busy with the pants I was wearing, but we were there to do work, not make fashion statements 🙂 We chose to work with Foodshare.

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Foodshare takes unsold groceries from supermarkets and they sort and send the food to various food shelters. We spent the afternoon preparing  boxes with labels and sorting meat into various categories: pork, beef, poultry, and other. However, there are some restrictions. Unlabeled or opened food was all thrown away. That’s pretty reasonable considering dietary restrictions, but I wish it didn’t have to go to waste. It was basically a conveyer belt style system with one to two volunteers at each designated section.

Hawks helping hartford group photo

As a team, we packed and sorted over 1000 pounds of meat to give to people in need. A statistic I had almost forgotten until a volunteer from that day ran into me and asked, “Remember me? We packed 1000 pounds of meat together.” Needless to say, that is definitely on the list of strangest things anyone has ever said to me at a party. I plan on doing the Hawks Helping Hartford program or more community service again. It’s nice to be together with generous peers who like to help out.

Tell me, what community service project is your favorite or what would you like to do to help?

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Anchor Painting Alpha Phi Omega

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painting anchor

Near the end of our pledging process for Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, the other pledges and I got the chance to spray paint the anchor on campus. At my university, clubs and societies take turns to paint it however they want. It’s a fun teambuilding activity.

We used gold and blue spray paint which are the national colors. Also, we were able to add our initials and the organization’s letters. Additionally, I got the chance to stand on top of  it to try to spray paint the top part. It was drizzling, but we still had a blast!

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Finally, we took a photo of our pledge class and a large group photo of all of the brothers in attendance. We were done in no time and it was really a fun team-building activity. Rush week was the day after I posted this article. It was an awsome opportunity to meet and recruit new members interested in philanthropy.

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apo brothers

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Alpha Phi Omega JDRF Walk

This Friday is the start of rush week for Alpha Phi Omega. I  pledged as a senior in the 2015 Fall Semester. I had honestly never heard of the organization until one day someone told me about the casino-night rush event; the rest is history. I wish I had heard about it sooner. It is a co-ed national service fraternity with wonderful opportunities to do community service and support great other causes.

Alpha Phi Omega JDRF walk

Last year on October 25th, we did the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk. The tagline of the event which I thought was pretty clever was, “help us turn type one into type none.” JDRF is the largest non-government funder of Type 1 Diabetes research. In other words, the walk helps raise money for research and  awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

rainy day JDRF walk

The brothers of APO and I started walking just after it had stopped raining. Therefore, it was a little cold, but overall the group had fun. Most importantly, one of my favorite types of community service events are walks for medical research. For example, in high school I did Relay For Life three years in a row . Overall, anyone who is part of any clubs or organizations that are looking for a community service event, I highly recommend looking for a walk like this for members to participate in.

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This morning APO was proud to walk in order to raise awareness for Type One Diabetes! #JDRF

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