Seventeen Emory & Henry College students travelled to New York City in March to assist in projects related to hunger and homelessness.
The students, who are E&H Bonner Scholars, sorted and distributed food in large-scale food pantries, cooked and served meals to homeless guests, and assisted in childcare facilities. Bonner Scholars are awarded scholarship in recognition of their commitments to service.
E&H students partnered with the Youth Services Opportunity Project, which divided the E&H contingent into four groups serving four New York boroughs – Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.
The students included Megan Brittain of Wytheville, Madison DeBord of Williamsburg, Chelsea Delapp of Bristol, Brenna Dunning of Stuarts Draft, Rashaad Ford of Petersburg, Mitchell Kalala of Centreville, Jenna Lottman of Bedford, Rennel Marshall of Rustburg, Zachary McCown of Lebanon, Taylor Moxley of Axton, Chase Reed of Ooltewah, Tenn., Benjamin Robinson of Chilhowie, Tory Schneider of Williamsburg, Kaila Smith-Harrison of Roanoke, Stephanie Taylor of Gate City, Tevin Turner Martinsville, and Amber Wilkins of Rural Retreat.
Robinson, a first-year student, created a video that showcases highlights from the trip.
“The students worked hard at their service sites, listened to the stories of the people they served, and nearly mastered the subway system as they explored all that the city has to offer,” said Shannon Hoffman, the E&H Bonner Scholars Coordinator.
Hoffman and Dr. Tal Stanley, the director of the E&H Appalachian Center for Community Service, accompanied the students during the week of service and cultural immersion.