Volunteer of the Month

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I started volunteering at Gum Drops after completing a service project as a participant in the Women's Civic Institute. It was exactly the kind of place that I wanted to dedicate time to a non-profit organization run by compassionate local people who observed a need in their community and started Gum Drops. It is rewarding to volunteer for a non-profit that affects the lives of so many young students. Gum Drops is serving the communities surrounding SIU by providing "backpack" meals to local schools. In my experience, it is easy to become absorbed in our education and goals, but volunteering helps one realize that service is the highest form of offering our understanding to the world.

Alissa Totheroh, Junior, Biological Sciences (Pre-Dentistry), Milford, IL