“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Attributed to anthropologist Margaret Mead
We see images of violence, including wars, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings coming through our screens on an everyday basis. The political climate, both in the United States and abroad, is contentious, to put it mildly. It’s easy to be discouraged about the state of the world. But, as the quote attributed to Margaret Mead reminds us, the only way forward is for thoughtful citizens to commit to change.
On Wednesday, October 5th, the Associated Students & the Honors and Service Learning Program are giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to unite with other groups of citizens for change. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by the Pond, the 7th Annual Donate a Day of Service will feature booths where participants can connect with local non-profits such as the Boys Girls Club and the Orange County Food Bank.
If you attend the event, you can also make a difference right at that moment, by doing hands-on service including writing letters to members of the armed forces, making sandwiches for the homeless, and crafting items for hospitalized children. Donate a Day of Service is held in conjunction with the Fall Blood Drive, so you can save lives by giving blood as well.
To top it off, there’s free pizza for event participants. So come out, grab a slice, and make an impact!