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May 2021

Global Supply Chain Students Engaged in Community Service to Support #EKUCares Initiative

Throughout the 2021 spring semester, EKU's Global Supply Chain Program promoted the #EKUCares Initiative within Supply Chain courses by encouraging students to engaged in community service projects throughout our region.  Here are a few of the ways students found to volunteer and give back to their communities across the Commonwealth. 

Sydney McWhorter Sydney McWhorter: "I volunteered at Lincoln Park in Middlesboro cleaning up leaves from the flooding earlier this Spring.  I made a lot of progress and Middlesboro's Park & Recreation President was very pleased with the service I provided."
Amelia Cox Amelia Cox:  "In my hometown (Elizabethtown), I volunteered at church and help set out all the deor for our Easter service.  I also prepared an Easter egg hunt for the younger kids to enjoy after the service.  We are a smaller country church and I also volunteered as the children's leader during the service.  We usually don't have a children's leader but during the holidays lots of families come together."
Jenna Pyatt Jenna Pyatt:  "I created a project to send flowers to nursing homes for Easter and Mother's Day.  This project was held at EKU with a few of my friends that work at the nusring home in Lexington.  We took tissue paper and pipe cleaners to create a flower that would last a lifetime!  Some of these patients never received visitors so hopefully it will at least put a smile on one face."
Chase Robinson Chase Robinson (right side-dark blue shirt):  "I participated in two philanthropy events.  One event was for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, while the other was for the kids from the community that were abused and neglected.  Both events were held on campus, and I ended up winning of these events to donate money from my fraternity's philanthropy, Huntsman Canter Foundation.  Kappa Delta held a football tournament to raise money for abused and neglected kids around the community, along with taking cash donations."
Megan Vickers Megan Vickers: "I gave an extended campus tour of EKU to a prospective high school student.  Katelyn is a freshman at Jackson County High and interested in EKU.  I showed her around campus and brought her to the Business & Technology Center.  I think Katelyn will consider majoring in Business at EKU upon finishing high school."
Drew Hart Drew Hart:  "I had the honor to serve as a mentor for middle school ministry.  I was made aware a group meets every Thursday at a member's house and play games and discuss the Word.  This is a great opportunity because some of the kids live in tough environments and to just see them enjoying time in a safe environment was very wholesome.  I will continue to meet with them every Thursday until the semester ends and pick back up in the Fall.  I look forward to new opportunities that will present itself in the future to help others."
Jenna Smith Jenna Smith (Student Body President-Elect): "My friend (SGA Executive Vice President) and I spent time with Model School students talking about our jobs in student government and leadership.  We encourage them to start building good leadership skills now by doing things like being nice to your classmates and working hard in school to accomplish your goals.  It was great to speak to the group and get to have one-on-one conversations with the future leaders of our community."
Lily Boone Lily Boone:  "I decided to help "UP for Women and Children" in Louisville.  They help homeless women and children as a drop-in "safe place" clinic.  They offer their services to help empower and encourage women to achieve self-sufficiency.  I was introduced to this orgazniation by a friend of mine.  They are rather new organization, so they rely volunteers and donations.  As a volunteer I wanted to do more so I raised money to send them some items off their Amazon wish list."
Irankunda Merimais Irankunda Merimais:  "For my EKU Cares community service project, I walked around my neighborhood, went by a church and some restaurants picking up trash as you can see in the images attached."
Olivia Arlinghaus Olivia Arlinghaus:  "This semester I had an opportunity to volunteer with Dr. Mueller at Family Denistry in Ft. Wright, Kentucky.  Due to covid restrictions, the equipment requires extra cleaning and sanitizing.  Since the beginning of March, every Friday I have gone into the office after hours and sanitized the office entirely."
Sarah Butler Sarah Butler:  "I volunteered in delivering two Easter baskets to my sorority's (Chi Omega) Make-A-Wish children.  First, we went to Campbell's house in Richmond and got to spend time with her and see the beautiful cottage in her backyard that the Make-
A-Wish Foundation built for her.  I loved getting to speak with her mother who was also a Chi Omega here at EKU!  Next, we drove to Berea and got to deliver Carter his basket.  he was a little shy and didn't want to take a picture with the girls, but we got a picture of him with his basket.  I had a blast getting to meet two of our Make-A-Wish childen and can't wait to continue to advocate and raise money for them and their families!"

 
Baylee Lanter Baylee Lanter:  "Every Wednesday beginning at the start of the spring semester, my teammates (Women's Soccer) and I have been working with God's Outreach Food Bank to provide food for those in need.  It has been extremely rewarding to give back to the community has made me realize how fortunate I am and how easily you take everyday things for granted.  This is a great example of how something so small can make such a large impact in someone else's life."
Nikolas Smith Nikolas Smith:  "I wrote thank you cards for first responders in my hometown of Auburn, KY and my adopted town of Richmond, KY.  I wanted to say thank you for all the incredible work they's done over the course of the pandemic and their continued work for my communities."
David Gadd David Gadd:  "I went out to Lake Cumberland in Somerset and removed plastic bottles and trash out of the lake.  The lake flooded and we could only make a small dent with all of the floating debris but we removed multiple large bags of bottles and trash."
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