Upper School students of Haverford’s Service Board, led by Director of Service Learning Jini Loos, have organized a number of school-wide initiatives this fall, including a mask drive, National Denim Day, and a can drive.
Starting from Sept. 29, IV Formers Robert Murray and Brian Kim led an effort to collect 1,000 new, disposable masks to give to organizations around Philadelphia. The Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools joined forces and ultimately donated more than 2,600 masks in less than two months.
1,100 masks were donated to Project HOME’s Hub of Hope Program which provides support and services for the homeless in Philadelphia. 1,200 masks were donated to the Visiting Nurses Association, for their COVID-19 Hospice and other clients they see every day. 300 masks were donated to Eldernet, located in Bryn Mawr, which serves low-income elders.
On Oct. 21, the School celebrated National Denim Day. Students and faculty who chose to wear pink and/or denim that day donated to breast cancer awareness and research. The School collected more than $2,300 in donations.
Currently, Haverford is hosting its annual November can drive, just in time for Thanksgiving. Each division donates the collected cans to a different community organization that provides food to local families in need.
“This year is a particularly difficult year because of the pandemic, and wider spread hunger than previous years,” said Loos. Cans will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 20. Also on Friday, Nov. 20, the School will collect frozen turkeys to donate to Project HOME’s Thanksgiving celebration for the homeless in Philadelphia.