Each week we highlight one of our 48 college and high school chapters. These chapters do an amazing job throughout the year executing the three pillars of a Timmy chapter: Advocate, Serve, Fundraise. This week we are spotlighting North Carolina State.
Give us an update–what are some recent events you have done, or goals you have achieved?
We finished up our semester with a Timmy social during which we drank tea and ate cookies while writing letters and sending emails in a 5 for $5 campaign. Our club has some leadership transitions for the next semester, so we are investing in the training and the development of new leaders.
What events or goals are you gearing up for in the near future? What are your plans to make these happen successfully?
Since our club is still small, we are looking to increase membership for next semester. We are planning several Winter Welcome Week activities to interest new members that didn’t catch us in the fall. Our first meeting in the winter will be an in-depth look at our partner site in Ecuador, and we are also working with our school’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service to screen Poverty, Inc., a documentary that analyzes the complexity of foreign aid.
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 is headed on its trip during spring break (early March). Unlike other chapters, our university (through CSLEPS, the office mentioned above) handles our trip so there is not as much overlap. Our team leaders are busy taking a full-year class that prepares them to lead reflections, discuss social justice issues, and educate other students about important global topics around the world. Our team was selected back in October, and the team meetings are picking up in frequency and intensity!
What kind of assistance or support do you need? This is your platform to reach out!
Fundraising ideas for a small club. We don’t have very much seed money, and our numbers are still low. We already do percentage nights at restaurants, letter-writing campaigns, t-shirt sales, and various food sales, so if you have any other suggestions, we are all ears!
What are you most excited for during your year with Timmy?
Having a reason to talk about global health all the time! Being in a room full of people who care about similar important topics is a great feeling, and we love being able to talk about an organization that we believe in. We are also excited for our trip in the spring since we know all the students will have an amazing life experience where they will learn and serve a lot.