Volunteer effort raises $1,225.39 to fight
KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 7, 1999 -- Proving that a few extra cents can
make a big difference, students at the University of Rhode Island have raised
$1,225.39 to help fight hunger by collecting pennies from students in on-campus
residence halls. The money was donated to the Warm Shelter, a homeless shelter
and soup kitchen in Westerly during a special check presentation on Thursday,
April 1, in the Memorial Union lounge.
The effort was organized by Phirun Vang of Cranston, a URI junior who
works at the Clearinghouse for Volunteers in URI,s Feinstein Center for
Service Learning. Volunteers distributed empty water bottles, contributed
by Crystal Spring of Middletown, to all 17 residence halls in late February.
Residence hall directors and assistants then organized their halls in a
competition for who could collect the most pennies.
The bottles were collected in early March and taken to The Washington
Trust Bank, where employees volunteered to count the change. The grand total:
$1,225.39. The smallest residence hall on campus, the freshman-only Hutchinson
Hall, collected the largest amount of money -- $355.72. The runner-up was
Barlow Hall, at $225.61. The competition winners will be rewarded with free
video rental vouchers donated by Video Junction in Peacedale and an ice
Created in 1995 from an endowment given by the philanthropist Alan Shawn
Feinstein, the Feinstein Center for Service serves as URI,s primary source
of all volunteer opportunities for individual students, residence halls,
student organizations, and University departments. It also coordinates URI,s
involvement in statewide initiatives, such as RI Reads.
For More Information: Ann MacDonald, 874-2116