By: Mira Costello
In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Student Social Work Association at IU South Bend will hold a hygiene drive to benefit the Titans Feeding Titans food pantry.
The drive will run from Monday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 19. Collection boxes will be located on the first floor of Wiekamp Hall, the second floor of Wiekamp in the Social Work Department, the Student Activities Center lobby, the Administration building, and potentially the Honors Lounge.
However, this is not set in stone as of the time writing this article.
Anne Drake, director of Titans Feeding Titans, said the pantry would benefit from full-sized shampoo and conditioner, body wash, Q-tips, feminine hygiene products and other unopened hygiene products. Although TFT is a food pantry, students should be aware that they also stock produce, hygiene products and household supplies.
For the SSWA, the drive represents a return to normalcy and a push to reanimate the club, which has existed for decades but has fluctuated in activity level and membership. This year, the officers look forward to building their community with social events like a virtual book club, outreach, collaboration with other clubs and opportunities for community engagement, like the hygiene drive.
Junior Anna Roberts, SGA senator and the newly elected president of the SSWA, looks forward to growing the organization. “Inclusivity and holistic support are our focus this year,” she said. “We hope to help the student body and surrounding community emotionally, physically, and materially through our activities. When we work together for just causes, we thrive.” The SSWA is open to all IU South Bend community members, including those who are not studying or considering Social Work as their major. Although there is not currently a regular meeting schedule, anyone interested in receiving updates about SSWA activities can contact Secretary Abby Lancaster at email@example.com.
Photo provided by the School of Social Work.