HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 19, 2015 – Students from High Point University’s Civitan Club and Bonner Leaders joined together to fight hunger and homelessness by participating in the 32nd annual CROP Hunger Walk on Sept. 27.
Students from the Civitan Club raised $2,000 for Open Door Ministries to help with hunger and homelessness in High Point and for Church World Service to provide food, nutrition and access to clean water in developing countries. Sophomore Kayla Jones, the club’s vice president, organized a flapjack fundraiser through Applebee’s and a Barberitos night to help meet their goal.
“When the opportunity to volunteer with Open Door Ministries’ CROP Hunger Walk came up, we were more than ready to jump aboard,” Jones said. “Homelessness and hunger are very big problems here in High Point, and it’s our duty to give back by helping those who are less fortunate.”
In addition to fundraising, the Civitans and Bonner Leaders joined in walking the 3.4-mile course in downtown High Point, which represented the average distance women in developing countries walk to fetch water each day. They also supported the project by volunteering during the event.
“It felt wonderful to be a part of such an important cause,” said sophomore and Bonner Leader Melanie Maldonado. “Hunger in America is often swept under the rug instead of being addressed and solved. Sometimes people have access to food, but it isn’t always nutritious. Being a part of the CROP walk was a great addition to the other work the Bonner Leader Program is doing with the YWCA and community gardens.”
This event is just one of the many ways these student groups serve the community each year. Students in HPU’s Bonner Leaders Program serve as volunteer coordinators at selected sites and commit to 300 hours of service each academic year. They also engage their classmates in service to the community and through on-campus projects.
The HPU Civitan Club, chartered in 2005, is sponsored by the local chapter of Civitan International. The club has received the honor of “Campus Club Service Project of the Year” for three consecutive years and recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its charter.
“As an HPU student, nothing inspires me more than seeing other students come together to share their passion for giving back and helping others,” said Kiersten Ketcham, a sophomore and president of the HPU Civitan Club. “The CROP Hunger Walk is an extremely important event within the High Point community, because it brings awareness to issues those around us are facing on a daily basis and brings hope that we will join together to provide the help they need.”