The Child and Youth Studies Association, a Brock University operated network of students, faculty, and community partners of the Child and Youth Studies Department, is holding a Community Care campaign from March 13 to March 28. The campaign is aimed at helping those most in need in the community and collecting donations across campus.
“We are collecting items from the St. Catharines’ Community Care website ‘most-needed items’ list,” said Jillian Ripmeester, a third-year CHYS and Psychology combined major at Brock University and the outreach coordinator for The CHYS Association. “These items include non-perishable food items, gently used or new clothing, kitchenware, and toiletries.”
To donate to The CHYS Association’s Community Care campaign, they’ve made a couple accessible locations for drop-offs as well as provided a list of all the most needed items at these locations.
“You can find bins across campus: in the lobby of the CHYS department, Thistle Welcome Desk (what used to be parking services), the intersection of Taro Hall and Mackenzie Chown, and Walker Welcome centre near Bob Davis Gym,” said Ripmeester. “On each bin is a list of items that we are looking to collect, and any donation is greatly appreciated.”
The CHYS Association, dedicated to using an interdisciplinary approach, offers students opportunities for professional and academic success through different forms of leadership, organization and fundraising experiences. Campaigning for Community Care, Ripmeester noted, is important because it is an integral part of the St. Catharines community.
“[Community Care] serves many low-income families throughout the region; providing food, clothing and other necessities that the families may need,” said Ripmeester. “[They] largely relies on donations from the community, and we as part of the community decided that we wanted to contribute in any way possible.”
With fundraising efforts like the campaign for Community Care, The CHYS Association is dedicated towards giving Brock a larger, more positive presence in the community.
“Part of our vision as the CHYS Association is to give students and staff the chance to get involved in the greater Niagara Community,” said Ripmeester. “As a team, we tried to find a way that everyone at Brock could contribute without the fear of conflicting schedules or heavy financial strain. Thus, the idea of a Community Care drive was born! Giving back to the community in any is an excellent reflection of the CHYS Association and Brock University’s values.”
Beyond fundraising, The CHYS Association has also offered events and workshops to help with student success, like their recent Careers Night hosted on March 15 which provided Child and Youth Studies majors with different career options available to them after graduation. The night also involved speakers who shared their post-CHYS experiences.
If you’re a Child and Youth Studies major and interested in opportunities for fundraising, workshops, social events and more, The CHYS Association may be for you.
For more information about The CHYS Association, please visit their experienceBU page at: experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/chys-association or checkout their Facebook page.