Chelsea McDevitt and Daylin Poon, SBHS students and Coalition for Community Service members, with Emily DeWitt, Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) Volunteer and Resource Coordinator.

SBHS Student Clothing Drive for Women Helping Battered Women

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Thursday December 13, 2012

The Coalition for Community Service Club at South Burlington High School is a group of 157 students dedicated to participating in volunteer work and internships. The group meets monthly to support local and global activities such as charity walks, food drives, recreation department opportunities, disaster relief efforts, and other SBHS fundraisers.

On October 8th, Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) Volunteer and Resource Coordinator, Emily DeWitt, and WHBW teen volunteer, Morgan Beck, presented possible volunteer opportunities to the group. One that was discussed included assisting The Basement Boutique at Sophie’s Place, a transitional housing building. The Boutique provides fashionable used clothing, shoes, accessories, and outerwear for survivors receiving services from WHBW. Beck and her mother, Gail, helped to develop and organize The Boutique.

The day after Emily and Morgan’s visit, two freshmen, Daylin Poon and Chelsea McDevitt, reached out to find out ways they could help. Their heartfelt curiosity led to the development of a clothing drive at SCHS, which ran from November 5th- 9th and compiled 15 bulging bags of clothing for The Basement Boutique.

Thanks to the admirable student efforts, the clothing drive provided an abundance of donations for WHBW service users. One donation bag brought to the shelter was comprised of winter coats; a shelter resident and mother of three found coats for all her children, allowing her to save her money to buy Christmas presents.  Women Helping Battered Women and SBHS hope to create a lasting partnership with annual drives, and wish to thank the caring students involved in this year’s drive.

SOURCE: Natalie Handy, SBHS CDC Correspondent