Alena Zhang ('23)
Google Classroom Code: vlbsylo
CHE Little Mentors has brought a fresh perspective in terms of volunteering to the East community. With Teddy talks, activities to benefit the local community, and outreach opportunities, this club is suited for anyone who is interested in helping the Cherry Hill region and beyond.
The chapter was brought to East by Humna Hassan (‘24), who was looking to bring a community service project to school.
“Little Mentors inspired me by their overall goal with communicating…and focuses on building relationships with the local and international students…and empowers them through events,” says Hassan, who serves as president of the chapter.
Although this club has just started this school year, it has already organized multiple events, including meetings with speakers, including one with a Holocaust survivor, and blanket making activities to donate to Joseph’s House in Camden.
This club aims to help make others’ lives better as well as gain leadership and seeks to help people in need through their projects. As well as helping the community on a local scale, they have also hosted a bake sale to raise money to send supplies to India.
“It is more than just a community service club, because not only are you benefiting others, you are helping yourself become more educated and learn leadership skills,” elaborates Jillian Koenig (‘24), who serves as marketing manager and runs the social media aspect of the club.
Besides helping people in need, they also seek to show gratitude to people in the community, and they have made cards for healthcare workers during the pandemic to express appreciation for their service.
“It is an easy way to get involved in the club and make other people happier,” says Koenig.
Their Teddy talks, which are meetings with people who have had success stories, seek to teach and inspire members of the club.
In the future, they plan to host a virtual fundraising event and organize more community outreach events.
If you are looking to get involved in community service on the local level as well as beyond, CHE Little Mentors is the perfect way to start.