To help needy families during the holiday season, the CSUN Matador Involvement Center’s “Unified We Serve: The Volunteer Program” pulled students, faculty and staff together in the largest campus-wide food and clothing drive in the history of the university.
“This project shows just how much we can achieve as a community when we work together,” said Justin Weiss, program coordinator. “Individuals can do a little, but when we all pull together, it all adds up to a lot.”
During November, the campus focused on poverty as part of “Project: Reduce Poverty” and collected hundreds of canned good items and clothing items for MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), a Pacoima-based private social service agency. Students slept overnight on campus as part of “Survive the Night,” a mock homeless village and soup kitchen, as part of a teach-in on homeless issues.
Organizers displayed the food items and clothes collected on the steps of the Oviatt Library as “visual” evidence of the power of unity. On Friday, Nov. 20, students wrapped up the month’s activities at MEND’s headquarters by helping to pack boxes of food items and delivering them to needy families.