Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” At Harper College on Oct. 21, 2015 ServiceWorks scholars proved that statement true.
ServiceWorks is a national program that uses service and community outreach as a means to teach college and career skills to youth and young adults. Beginning in September 15 Harper College students participated in the program all leading up to yesterday’s Make A Difference Day. Over the past month the ServiceWorks scholars planned several different community outreach opportunities for their fellow students and boy was it a success!
By the end of the Make A Difference Day 215 student volunteers participated in making get well soon and feel better cards to be given to children at a local children’s hospital, put together coloring books for students at Jane Adams Elementary School, contributed to clothing and food drive in which over 80 bags of goods will be donated to local shelters, food banks, and service agencies, and making blankets to be given to emergency and severe weather shelters.
Throughout the day the ServiceWorks scholars had the chance participate in a couple live broadcast interviews. One of the thing that all the Scholars shared in their reflection of their day and preparing for Make A Difference Day was how few of them inspired so many to join in and helping out the community. Margaret Mead was right, it does only take a small group to change the world, and that small group of Service Scholars at Harper College made some big changes in the school and neighborhood communities.
Looking forward to working with Harper College again for MLK Day in 2016!