During the recent holiday season, the staff, faculty, and students from Ross Medical Education Center campus in Davison, Michigan knew that they wanted to be a part of the holiday spirit and help support their neighbors. In order to do that, they decided to give back to the community by donating their free time to help those in need. So, at the end of the month of December, at two different points during the day, the evening and morning Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration classes, the afternoon and evening Medical Assistant classes, and the afternoon Pharmacy Technician class traveled to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
As every person that took part in this project can tell you, it was a wonderful day and memorable volunteer opportunity. Throughout the day, Ross students, faculty, and staff worked together to inspect, process, and box roughly 25,900 pounds of food! Those boxes were then organized and would later be distributed within the community to those in need. According to their website, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is able to serve more than 331,000 people each year thanks to generous local donations as well as volunteer man hours like those served by Ross in Davison.
During and after their time working at the food bank, many students commented regarding how good it felt to give back. They all made it clear that they enjoyed donating their time and energy. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan staff was very impressed with the productivity shown by everyone that came out and volunteered. Also, several students have already mentioned that they would like to return to the food bank again to help out on their own time.
There is a high demand for the resources the food bank offers, and volunteers are needed year round. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kari at 810-293-4441.