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 East Carolina University!
Give us an update–what are some recent events you have done, or goals you have achieved?
ECU’s Timmy Chapter is fairly new. It was founded in August 2015 and has grown exponentially since. As of right now, we have over 200 students who follow us on our Chapter Portal through ECU and around 100 on Facebook. As a whole, our chapter has logged almost 1,000 volunteer hours across many different areas. We have volunteered at the county animal shelter, baked goods at Vidant’s Cancer Center, and Vidant’s Children’s hospital to name a few. We have also established a community partner, A Time for Science. They focus on engaging students in STEM by incorporating science with nature.
Even though we are fairly new, ECU’s chapter has already taken a domestic service trip and an international trip. Last December we took a domestic service trip to Atlanta, Georgia. 16 members and officers in all traveled there over winter break. We toured the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as well as the Body Works Exhibit. Our chapter also was able to shadow/observe doctors at the Marcus Autism Center and package medical supplies at MedShare. Lastly, we were able to secure a tour with Emory Medical School where the admissions office spent half a day with us and gave us insight into applying to medical school and what medical school is like.
What events or goals are you gearing up for in the near future? What are your plans to make these happen successfully?
Our goal this semester is to host roughly seven fundraising events ranging from bake sales to puppy petting, to buy a date auction. We are still in the planning stage, but to accomplish this, we are going to delegate tasks to all officers and ask members to participate as well. We plan to advertise heavily throughout campus using officers, members, and faculty.
Another goal is to select and train the new executive board. Our future President(Caitlin) will be selecting her picks in March so there is enough time to train before school ends and older officers are still present.
Finally, we want to begin planning a domestic trip for December 2017. By the end of the semester, we hope to have designated a city, developed a timeline and identified hotels and service opportunities.
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?
Our chapter took their international trip went to Ecuador over the New Year. We prepared by sending out applications and after members/officers were chosen to go on the trip, we held pre-trip meetings. Upon gaining everyone’s commitment, we applied for funding by ECU and were able to have them cover flight tickets.
What kind of assistance or support do you need? This is your platform to reach out!
We cannot thank our chapters enough for the work that they do. They are vital to the success of our mission. We love to showcase the efforts of the men and women that want to build healthy futures for patients across the world!