– Marymount University students, faculty and staff will put together 2,500 care packages for teenagers transitioning from foster care to life on their own as part of the school’s annual Volunteer Service Day on Saturday, Aug. 23.
This marks a departure from year’s past, when teams from the university did a variety of service projects throughout the community.
“It’s really exciting that we’re all going to be doing one project together and that it’s happening on campus,” said Meg Dalmut, Marymount’s associate director of community engagement. “This is part of student orientation, and our first-year students will be helping foster care students who are also starting their first year of college.”
About 300 volunteers are expected to participate. Registration and breakfast is at 8 a.m. at Marymount’s Lee Center. The service activity will take place from 9 a.m. till noon, followed by a barbecue lunch. Faculty, staff, returning students, alumni and members of the public are invited to participate. For more information, contact Dalmut at 703-284-1604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The care packages will go to Foster Care to Success, a nonprofit organization that helps students across the country when they turn 18 or graduate from high school, which in many states means they must leave the social services system.
Since 1981, more than 50,000 foster youth have received information, advice, support or funding from Foster Care to Success, helping them transition from care to adulthood through education. For more information, visit www.fc2success.org/about-us
Photo 1: Participants in Marymount Universityʼs Aug. 23 Volunteer Service Day will prepare care packages for foster children transitioning to college and life on their own.