By Rosemary Leger – Managing Editor
For most students, getting involved on campus means joining a club to enhance their life. For some, the club they join does more, by working to greatly improve the lives of others. Hope for Humanity is a student-led group serving all of the campus, and surrounding community.
Named Student Organization of the Year at last spring’s Student Activities Awards, Hope for Humanity has made an incredible impact in its short three years. The club has a regular email list of more than 175 students, and allows flexibility within the commitment.
Co-leaders of Hope for Humanity senior Colbylyn Gilman and junior Courtney Braman welcome all students to the club, even if only for one event. “You don’t need to be a part of us and come to all our meetings to serve the community. We want everyone to know it’s community service, and it can be fun,” said Gilman, a three-year member of Hope for Humanity.
Gilman joined the club in her sophomore year, and immediately assumed the role of Vice President. Her experience in service inspired a personal trip to Haiti with the Be Like Brit Foundation, which inspired an event she led on campus in February.
This event, Flip Flops for Haiti, was held on the first snow day. With 66 pairs of shoes to decorate, Gilman was nervous turnout would be low. Her expectations were exceeded, however, when 58 students showed up in de Witt.
All of the events Hope for Humanity sponsors receive the same positive response. Their frequent trips to Cradles to Crayons in Brighton require a waiting list, as the organization caps groups at 12 people. On March 25, the club partnered with The Barn on campus for an Easter egg hunt.
“We really try to make sure that we’re getting all different aspects of service. Whether you’re into helping animals, or helping children, even if you’re a fashion student and you’re into prom season,” said Gilman, on the variety of events they hold. “We want to make sure everyone’s interests are met.”
On March 31, Hope for Humanity is holding their annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand outside of Klingbeil House during common hours. On April 2, 22 students will join together in volunteering at Belle of the Ball at Simmons College. This event provides prom dresses and accessories to underprivileged local high school girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend their special night.
The drive to give back and help those less fortunate than themselves is what motivates the leaders and members of Hope for Humanity. Going forward, the group is empowering younger members to initiate their own service projects.
Gilman is undoubtedly proud of the club’s growth, and has increased confidence because of her work as a leader and a serving member of the community. “At Lasell, service is where I found my place.”