This morning, I had the opportunity to raise money for a local women’s shelter called Deborah’s Place with Student Government Association (SGA). One new requirement for everyone with a position on student government is that they have to do at least five hours of community service a quarter. In order to make this easier for everyone and more fun, we decided to do it all together.
We all met in the student center and broke off into two separate teams. Each team went to a Jewel-Osco grocery store near DePaul’s campus. Once we arrived at the Jewels, we set up a table with a sign and handed out flyers to people as they went inside to grocery shop. These flyers had a list of things the women at Deborah’s Place would like.
While the beginning of the day was slow for my group donations wise, I was so surprised with how much we accumulated during the day. People were so willing to give, whether it be dollar bill or multiple bags of toiletries. One woman who gave us multiple boxes worth of supplies told us that Deborah’s Place had helped her when she was in a toxic relationship. She explained how Deborah’s Place got her back on her feet, and how thankful she was for all of the work they have done and continue to do. She even posted on her Facebook page and encouraged her friends to come stop by and donate items to us. Today made me so happy to see how many people in our community are willing to give to others. I also had a lot of fun spending time with everyone on SGA.