THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CLUB OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR SPECIAL DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AT THE STOP & SHOP MARKET.
The Columbia University Club of Fairfield County, CT., has participated for several years by joining the University Trustees and the CAA by committing each CU Alumni organization to make a contribution to their home community.
Our selected Community Service program serves OPERATION HOPE, a food bank that serves more than 105,000 families in Fairfield. We set up two “welcome” tables complete with poster and flyers at each of the entrances to the supermarket. Two Columbia Alums volunteers “host” each welcome table for two hours.
As shoppers approach we present them with a List of Recommended Dry products (food, toiletries and laundry products). We greet them and immediately inform them we are not requesting any money contributions but rather would deeply appreciate a small contribution of food for those who need the services of Operation Hope. Each CU Alum serves two hours at a “Welcome Table.” For the six hours we need a total of 12 Welcome Desk Hosts. In addition, we need at least six additional CU Alums (or their children age 13 or older) to assist in moving the food donated to a safe place inside the store for later transport to the Operation Hope headquarters located a short distance from the market.
If you have joined us before you should have a Columbia Tee Shirt; if you are new to this worthy event—we will need your Tee Shirt size when you sign up.
It would be appreciated if CU Alums would arrive 15 minutes before your shift begins so as to familiarize yourselves with the process. It moves quickly but it is unbelievable how generous the shoppers can be.
Some notes: 1) You would be amazed at the personal stories that shoppers share that includes their own past needs of a food bank, two of whom are themselves Columbia graduates; 2) We usually collect between $3,000-$4,500 in donated items, so we will need additional assistance to transport the items donated; 3) We like to take some group photos to send to the CAA.
Refreshments will be served.
YOUR SUPPORT OF THE COLUMBIA CLUB’S DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE IS KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL EFFORT OPERATION HOPE.
THANK YOU, IN ADVANCE, FOR YOU ANTICIPATED VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION AND SERVICE TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND OPERATION HOPE. QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: EMAIL CLAIRE NATHAN, PRESIDENT AT CNATHAN1@OPTONLINE.NET OR AKIVA RECKSON AT RECKSON@GMAIL.COM WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION – THANK YOU.