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Mar 2018

Month of Service: Cluster Q – Columbia Business School

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The Cluster Q club fom Columbia Business School partnered with Rainbow Railroad , a national organization for their month of service activity. Rainbow Railroad came as a suggestion from an ally club member who had a connection to the organization. Once learning about its mission, the club leaders discussed how the broader CBS community could act in benefit of refugees who escaped countries with institutionalized violence against the LGBTQ community, such as Syria and Russia.

Rainbow Railroad receives hundreds of requests for help every year from countries where LGBT individuals are open targets of violence. Because the volume of requests is so high, we focus our efforts on assisting LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment, or death. They have been successful in helping individuals from the Caribbean, Africa and Middle East where we have local networks to support and validate cases. Visit https://www.rainbowrailroad.com/whatwedo  to learn more.

Club members set up a space on campus, gathered materials from  Rainbow Railroad, and encouraged the school to write valentines, letters of support/love, and messages of encouragement to be delivered to those who are now living in safer countries. They received notes written in multiple languages — Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese to name a few.

In total, they gathered over 100 notes from students, faculty, and administration who all supported this initiative. They were then given to Rainbow Road to distribute to refugees as needed.



Thank you, Cluster Q!

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Mar 2018

Month of Service Recap: Out4Business – The Wharton School

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Post Written by Evelyn Rhynedance

In February, members of Wharton’s Out4Business volunteered with the local hunger relief charity, Philabundance. Philabundance brings food to over 90,000 people per week in the Delaware Valley area, which includes Philadelphia. The program relies on volunteers’ time to provide food to children, seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, single parents, students, and working-class families. To learn more about the organization, visit https://www.philabundance.org/.

The day gave Out4Business volunteers the opportunity to give back to the Philadelphia community as well as build stronger connections with each other.
Wharton students love Philadelphia and the Out4Business volunteers were excited to help alleviate hunger in the city while experiencing a new neighborhood. It was meaningful to see hundreds of crates of canned food, milk, cereal and other nonperishables, and to know that volunteering played a part in feeding neighbors in Philadelphia. Out4Business volunteers were also happy to connect with other service-minded local community members. Joining the assembly line with Philadelphians gave Out4Business volunteers a deep sense of community in the City of Brotherly Love.

An unexpected delight in the day was the opportunity to build stronger connections with fellow Out4Business members. Loading food into boxes on an assembly line left mindspace to talk, and the volunteers told each other coming out stories, gave and received relationship advice, and described hopes and plans for the future. Volunteers learned a lot about each other from these meaningful conversations and look forward to spending more time together on campus.

Wharton’s Out4Business is grateful for the six student volunteers’ time and the support of ROMBA’s Month of Service. Out4Business recently added a Community Service position to its Board, and hopes to plan additional service events throughout the year to benefit the Philadelphia community as well as build stronger relationships with club members.

 Six Wharton MBA students spent a day working in Philabundance’s South Philly Hunger Relief Center, packaging non-perishable food items for distribution throughout the Philadelphia area.






 Each day, dozens of volunteers and groups keep the hunger relief center going. Here, two Out4Business members load boxes in the main room of the facility.






 Out4Business members got together wearing their “Pride at Wharton” t-shirts to spend time together while helping the community.






Thank you, Out4Business!

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Mar 2018

Month of Service Recap: Smith Pride Alliance – U Maryland, Smith

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During the month of service, club members from the Smith Pride Alliance at University of Maryland – Smith School of Business partnered with Casa Ruby  for their meal program. Casa Ruby provides support services to the vulnerable low income LGBT DC community, with a special focus on the transgender community and Latino community.

Many of the clients of Casa Ruby use the services at their Drop Inn-Community Center which provide hot meals, a clothing exchange, access to the cyber center, support groups, case management, emergency housing referrals, and legal services counseling. Many of these services are run by local volunteers, including the meal program. The Smith Pride Alliance (SPA) has plans to turn their service work into a regular community outreach event. First Year Board President, Matt Harrop was excited about this potential venture, remarking that “The Smith School is a very inclusive place, and it’s hardwired into the culture at this point. So, we’re excited to bring that inclusive message out to the broader DC community.”

To learn more about Casa Ruby, visit (http://www.casaruby.org).


Thank you, Smith Pride Alliance!

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