Each week we spotlight one of our fine college or high school chapters doing amazing work both locally and globally. Our chapters work to accomplish the three pillars of a Timmy Chapter: Advocacy, Service, and Fundraising. This week we are taking a look at Boston College!
Give us an update–what are some recent events you have done, or goals you have achieved?
We are currently in the planning process – for the trip and for some of our big events this semester, so most of our recent events are from the fall semester.
We are excited that we were able to raise enough money to have met the Focusing Philanthropy fundraising goal last semester. Although due to logistical reasons we were unable to send the money in time, the campaign really united our organization to work together and gave us that extra motivation to fundraise more. This campaign gave us the initiative to center our heads and hearts around Guatemala, especially during the busy final season when it’s sometimes challenging to keep a global perspective. We are excited to carry this motivation into this semester!
Another successful event was our speaker event featuring Dr. Fernando Ortega. He is a professor of public health at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He talked to us about the intersection between cultural practice and nutrition in Quito, Ecuador. We were excited to learn that he will be working alongside Timmy students soon as he is near the new Ecuador site this year!
What events or goals are you gearing up for in the near future? What are your plans to make these happen successfully?
At BC, we have just started the trip application process! We had a meeting last week with our general membership to share our excitement and enthusiasm about the trip. Exciting events we have coming up include Global Health Symposium – a week-long Education and Advocacy campaign on campus. Topics this year include women’s reproductive health, health care policy and economics, the lived experience of illness, and medical ethics! We are also in the process of getting some general members to volunteer with StreetCred, a non-profit organization that aids families in signing up for government programs like the Earned Income Tax credit, in addition to preparing taxes. This organization was founded by Dr. Michael Hole, a former Timmy student and friend of Dr. Chuck! We are excited to build this connection with a Timmy alum!
Is your chapter heading out on a trip soon? How is that part of your chapter preparing, and how is the rest of your chapter supporting the trip?
Like mentioned above, we are starting the trip application process and had our first meeting about it last week. We have recruited most of our medical professionals and are just waiting to hear a definitive “yes” from some of them. One of our faculty advisors on campus, who also is a medical professional on the trip, Dr. Nary, spoke at our last meeting to students about preparing for the trip and getting in the right mindset.
What kind of assistance or support do you need?
We always would love more creative fundraising ideas and ways to collect vitamins. Collecting vitamins is something we have struggled with in the past, so any unique ideas to accomplish this goal would be much appreciated!
What are you most excited for during your year with Timmy?
Spring semester is always our busiest semester, so we are excited to hit the ground running with trip preparation and event planning! I, myself, am most excited to see the trip leaders build camaraderie with the trip members once selected through trip meetings, reflections, and a mock clinic. As an organization, we are focused on all of our goals this semester – in fundraising and advocacy! We hope to exceed our fundraising goal from last year and increase participation/attendance at our advocacy events. I am excited to see what speakers we will have planned for the Global Health Symposium in April.