University Heroes Step Up and Out for Their Community

Students receive prepared bags for the collection during the Day of Action event on Oct. 4. [Photo by // Caleb Workman]

by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor

Even the greatest of villains have potential to become heroes and the University of Windsor took this potential to its students for a Day of Action.

The Higher Education Reaching Out Project takes university students out for the day to become heroes for their community by collecting non-perishable food for local food backs. Windsor gathered over 100 residence and communal students to try and make a difference for those in need.

Jacqueline Mellish, residence life coordinator, said the project has been going on for many years helping to build a relationship between university students and the community.

“We think it’s important for students to have an opportunity to give back to the community that gives them so much,” said Mellish. “Last year we collected 16,000 pounds of food and our goal is always to match or top that number.”

The day started with 10 a.m. registration and students took the bus out to South Windsor where they were split into groups to collect cans from areas who received flyers about their walkthrough prior to the day. After the areas are finished, the students received a complimentary lunch for their efforts.

“We also go out to the unemployment centre, which is the hub of all the food banks, to show the students and teach them about what their efforts go towards,” said Mellish. “They unload all the food there and they learn all the amazing things they do for people in need.”

Volunteer Kyle Stewart said he came out because he believes this is a good cause and gives him the chance to give back for all he has received in life.

“My personal goal is to do my part to get everything we can that will help,” said Stewart. “I really think this could make a difference in the community and I hope everyone realizes the potential from it.”

The University of Windsor took all of their heroes to prove themselves to their community and educate them on what difference they can make with something like a can drive. The message was received and the leadership said the day was a success.

The volunteers for Day of Action gather for a group shot on Oct. 4. [Photo by // Caleb Workman]

The volunteers for Day of Action gather for a group shot on Oct. 4.
[Photo by // Caleb Workman]

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