Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Urban Initiatives

New Trier Social Service Board has embarked upon a HOODIE DRIVE. Please bring your gently used hoodie to Advisery and we will collect and store them in the Social Service Board Room 17C.

For more info about this wonderful organization, please watch the video below:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Frosh Board 2012-2013

Hey FBs,
I'm posting the shuttle bus schedule and the chart listing the days different groups go. Be sure to check those both out and add yourself to the advisory mailing list link on the blog!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Freshman Board goes to Refugee Relief!!

Hi Frosh Boarders!

We had a great turnout this Wednesday at Refugee Relief Social Service club! At Refugee Relief we tutor and hang out with kids who are refugees from around the world. If you are interested in going to refugee relief next week, sign up here. These are the pictures I took:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday "Service" in Waukegan

Academy of Our Lady Catholic Church in Waukegan, IL

Kind of a beautiful fall day in Waukegan, wasn't it? But there are a lot of people in need in this particular area of Chicagoland. Although this is a photo I took of Academy of Our Lady, my family and I were at Christ Episcopal Church across the street, to help staff a soup kitchen for about 80 residents of the surrounding town.

These kinds of social service activities can run every day of the week because there are that many people in need. I saw mostly men, but a few women and children as well. I yearned to know their individual stories, but as the Gravy Man behind the serving table, I only had time to ask each person if they wanted it on the mashed potatoes, the meatloaf, or both.

Many expressed gratitude for the carb-heavy meal, but their bodies betrayed the kind of diet they typically consume -- high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables. One woman in particular caught my attention: she insisted that she was going to walk to Canada after the meal was over. "I've had it with America and I'm leaving today!" Perhaps she was an example of the high percentage of homeless who are mentally ill.

Beyond the momentary help we can offer these fellow citizens, what can we do as a society to address these larger issues of physical and mental health? 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Crop Walk

The North Shore Crop Walk is Sunday, October 14th @ 1:30 pm

We were fortunate to have Jim Hutten, former New Trier teacher (who retired in 1996), talk to us about CROP WALK, an organization which spends way under 10% on administration costs: something we value. According to their literature, 2000 U.S. Communities joined together in over 1500 CROP Hunger Walks to raise almost $14 million to help end hunger at home and abroad. Jim took the time to lead us in an activity to discover the various sources of funding and the organization's global reach.

Jim Hutten speaks to the New Trier Social Service Board