On Wednesday, March 19, the second annual Painting with a Cause fundraiser was held in Crawford Hall. It was presented by the Resident Hall Association (RHA) and Volunteer Resource Center (VRC), and the event was hosted by students Mason Scher (‘20), Alex Pearce (‘19) and Maimouna Kante (‘20), with Sam Keegan (‘20) as the painting instructor for the evening. The event gave students a chance to express their creative talents, but also raised money for a good cause. According to Scher, who is a coordinator from the VRC, Painting with a Cause was held to raise money for future alternative break trips to keep costs low for Drew University students and to raise awareness about the alternative break experience. “After successfully holding another similar event last year to raise money for a local family, we wanted to hold this one as a fundraiser for the VRC’s alternative breaks,” said Scher.
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Keegan led over 30 students in painting potted cacti with the musical likes of Katy Perry’s “California Girls,” Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” and 3oh3’s “Don’t Trust Me” playing in the background. Students were given tips by Keegan, such as using curved lines and darkened edges to add dimension to objects. Attendees were also treated to jokes by Keegan, such as, “What did the girl cactus say to the guy cactus? ‘I’m too hard to handle.’”
Morgan Zielinski (‘22) went on the Alternative Spring Break trip to Kentucky this Spring, but she attended Painting With a Cause to support the programs for future students. Zielinski said it also gave her a “chance to get away from schoolwork.”
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Tim Proctor (‘21) attended Painting With a Cause because he “loved the opportunity to go crazy with the brush.” He also went on an alternative break in the past, but he said that he would definitely go again.
This year, the VRC had two alternative breaks: one to Mexico and one to Kentucky for spring break 2019. In the summer, the VRC is hosting an alternative break trip to Louisiana from May 12-18 to help rebuild homes after they were damaged by last summer’s flooding. While the money raised from Painting with a Cause will not go towards the trip to Louisiana, the funds raised will go toward keeping costs lower for students on next year’s trips.
According to Scher, the VRC is planning three trips for next year: one international and two domestic, over winter, spring and summer Break. They are looking to have each trip focus on a different area of community service, such as child care, home building, environment, etc. With fundraisers like Painting with a Cause, the VRC is able to “lower costs to a few hundred dollars [per student], even for an international trip,” said Scher. Not only are the alternative breaks a low-cost opportunity to volunteer in a new place, but they also satisfy Drew’s off-campus credit requirement.
Interested in taking a service trip next year? Contact the Volunteer Resource Center at email@example.com.