Alverno College students inspired by tragedy to help the homeless

Dec. 5, 2012

Alverno College students, moved by the discovery of the body of a homeless man, orchestrated a collection of clothing, blankets, food, money and more on Saturday, December 1. A school bus was parked on campus from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and students hoped to fill the bus with much-needed items. More than $600 in cash donations was collected, in addition to almost 600 pounds of non-perishable food items, almost 100 coats, multiple bags of clothing, over 40 blankets, cases of diapers, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. The donations went to three area homeless shelters: Hope House of Milwaukee, the Guest House of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission Joy House.
“There are so many small things we can do to help others, and when we all pitch in and help, those small things can add up to help make big changes, and I think we proved that this weekend,” said Melissa Thomas, the Alverno College student who organized the collection. “We have seen a tremendous amount of support from the community, and it is so wonderful to see people coming together to help those in need. This truly was an amazing experience.”
Thomas was part of a group of students who were taking part in a clean-up in Milwaukee’s McKinley Park on November 11 when two children, who were part of the group, discovered the body of a homeless man. The experience moved her. “We wanted to turn something negative into something positive, and we were going to do everything we could to help those living without even the basic necessities as much as we could.”
Donations can still be made on the Alverno College campus through December 8, and Thomas says it won’t stop there. She’s working on a project for early spring that she hopes will be even more successful than this collection.

About Alverno College
Alverno College, a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college for women, exists to promote the personal and professional development of its students. The college has earned accolades and respect internationally for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, and has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. For two years in a row, Alverno College was ranked first in the Midwest for doing “the best job of educating undergrads” by U.S. News & World Report. Educators from throughout the world visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.
Alverno offers more than 35 major program areas of study, including graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit our Web site at www.alverno.edu or call 414-382-6100.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Greendale's College Park Elementary named a 'School of Recognition' by DPI 2/11

» What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus Updated:  2/11

» Southridge Mall to host sing-a-thon with Sophia's Heart choir for Valentine's Day weekend 2/10

» The Rock Snow Park to host snow tubing fundraiser for Greendale Marching Band 2/10

» Franklin boys overpower Southeast swimming field 2/9

» Franklin girls basketball team shakes off doldrums, wins two games 2/9

» Franklin, Oak Creek student-athletes set their futures 2/9

» SEC champion Oak Creek wrestlers look to bigger things 2/9

» Former MLB player John Mallee to coach at Prospect Training Academy Updated:  2/9

» Oak Creek Chick-fil-A announces March grand opening, 'First 100' promotion 2/9

» Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players 2/8

» Hales Corners vies for fruity trees through Victory Garden Initiative Updated:  2/8

» Black Bear Bottling named 2015 Business of the Year by South Suburban Chamber of Commerce Updated:  2/8

» Greendale High School holds first induction ceremony to new Athletic Hall of Fame 2/5

» Oak Creek denies police chief's request for 7.5 % raise 2/4

» DCS Cupcakes, now on hiatus, advocates for statewide 'Cookie Bill' Updated:  2/4

» Oak Creek girls basketball team gets defensive in win over Franklin 2/2

» Oak Creek wrestlers claim third SEC dual-meet title 2/2

» Franklin boys basketball team adapts, earns big win over Creek 2/2

» Tickets now on sale for annual 'Taste of Oak Creek-Franklin' fundraiser 2/2

» Oak Creek's former city hall, library now demolished 2/1

» Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January 2/1

» Oak Creek girls basketball team outlasts Franklin, 47-39 1/29

» Festival Foods looks to build at old Kmart location along Highway 100 Updated:  1/29

» Greendale School District announces names of candidates for superintendent position 1/29

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Election center 2016

Election overage from from the MyCommunityNow coverage area covering suburban Milwaukee County and the eastern half of Waukesha County.

Suburban Milwaukee election center 2016

Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Advertisement