Annual Service Events
Organizes and plans several annual community and campus events which benefit both Upshur County and international organizations. Events include:
- Trick or Treat for Canned Goods
- CROP Walk for Hunger
- Homecoming Food Village
- Ten Thousand Villages on-campus store
- Operation: Neighbors in Need
- Do Good Day
Annual Events Team Holds OPERATION: Neighbors in Need Event for Second Year
More than 80 students from Greek and other campus groups came together on February 29th to assemble 150 gift bags full of “life-enhancing” items for neighbors at the Upshur Cooperative Parish House. Items collected included gift bags, Post It notes, pencils, gift cards, tissues, and cleaning supplies. Booklets were also added to each bag with helpful information about how to live a healthier lifestyle, help children in school, and simple ways to adopt a ‘greener’ lifestyle. In addition to packing the bags, the Annual Events team also collected cleaning supplies for the Parish House. These items are donated less frequently and the Parish House staff was happy to receive the donation from the drive.
Student organizers said about the event, “It was a great picture to see all the Greeks working together for a common end – to serve our Upshur County neighbors. In addition, I believe people realized that a thought goes a long
way. While the items we collected were not household necessities, they were intended to be ‘life-enhancing,’ and I believe our volunteers realized that by collecting a few dollars from each member of an organization, you can brighten the lives of 150 families, if even in a small way.”
Annual Events Team Hosts 6th Annual Ten Thousand Villages Sale
The WE LEAD Annual Events team, led by Laura File, Brittany Johnk, and Andrew VanCamp, coordinated the sixth annual Ten Thousand Villages campus sale on campus from November 2-16, 2011. The fair trade sale brought in more than $6,500 to support artisans around the world. The student leaders recruited volunteers from Greek life organizations, first-year seminars, and other campus organizations to assist with the sale. Held in the Game Room of the Benedum Campus Center, shoppers had the opportunity to purchase fairly-traded handcrafted goods from around the world. All Ten Thousand Villages products are Fair Trade certified, meaning that producers received fair prices for their goods and that the purchase was ethical whereby no child or slave labor is used; working conditions are safe; workers have a right to unionize; and the environment is protected and conserved.
WDTV covered the story here: http://www.wdtv.com/index.php/component/content/article/46-local-news/9904-ten-thousand-villages-opens-at-wvwc
CROP Walk for Hunger
The annual CROP Hunger Walk was held on October 2 by the Upshur Cooperative Parish House in order to help raise donations for food for the needy. Although the weather was chilly and rainy, many WVWC students joined community members in walking a loop from Stockert Youth Center down to the Riverwalk and back around to finish at Jawbone Park. The WE LEAD Annual Events Team helped to coordinate walkers and volunteers as well as fundraising outside the Wesleyan dining center.
The roughly 2-mile route is symbolic of the numerous people in the world who have to walk an equal or greater amount to have access to things like drinking water or food – all things that most people have regular access to in our community. Participants were asked to collect donations from community members and business with each participant’s goal set at $150. In total, the walk raised over $3,000 for local and global hunger efforts.
The proceeds from the CROP Hunger Walk go toward solving global hunger issues by funding grassroots efforts, providing food, and providing resources to those in need. The effort is also beneficial to the local community as organizations have the option to retain up to 25% of the proceeds for local food security agencies. CROP started in 1947 as an acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program but has since propelled above and beyond the original mission.
Homecoming Food Village 2011
The WE LEAD Annual Events team worked closely with the Wesleyan Alumni Office to coordinate the Homecoming Food Village this year. With help from 20 volunteers, the Annual Events team collected non-perishable food items for the Parish House and the Salvation Army from Friday, October 14th through Saturday, October 15th. The CCE, Alumni Office, and our community partners would like to thank all of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, and Alpha Delta Pi who donated 1,004 non-perishable food items to our local community.
Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods
On Halloween night, the WE LEAD Annual Events team coordinated 200 student volunteers from 15 campus organizations and one high school organization for the annual Wesleyan service event, Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods. Student volunteers from Greek organizations, first-year seminar classes, and more received instructions and maps for various areas of Buckhannon. Going door-to-door, students collected 1,638 non-perishable food items for the Parish House. Student volunteers delivered the non-perishables to the Parish House on College Avenue, and several students helped to sort them all for the agency. As you can tell from the quote to the left, the Parish House was grateful for the work of our students. Thanks to everyone who participated!