Scare Away Hunger this Halloween

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This Halloween week: Scare away hunger by giving away two meals to Oxfam America in the dining halls. When you see people outside the dining halls this week, simply write down your BUID number and name on the form. Two meals will be deducted from your meal plan on November 10th. Most likely, you will not consume all the meals in your dining plan: Give away two meals to help the hungry.

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Speaking of hunger….

Two weekends ago, fifty BU Students participated in Hike for Hunger to support Heifer International. Heifer was so impressed with BU’s concept of the event and tweets along the way, BU was asked to write a blog post based on our experience:

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quote markAt 8a.m. on Saturday, October 15th, a group of 50 walkers paraded from Boston University’s George Sherman Student Union down Commonwealth Avenue, stirring the sleepy silence on campus. The pack wasn’t traveling into Boston for a weekend brunch, but rather in the opposite direction- towards Worcester, MA.

BU’s Hike for Hunger is a fundraiser for Heifer International held by the Hunger Affects Virtually Everyone (H.A.V.E.) organization, sponsored by the Community Service Center and Student Activities Office. Volunteers walk about 27 miles over two days, from BU to the Heifer International Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA.  Organized in the mid-1990s, the Hike for Hunger annually draws around 20 volunteers and collects between $500-$1,000. (Volunteers are responsible for raising at least $20 before the hike.) Led by BU juniors Alison Weltman, Bethany Reynolds, and Bridget Burgoyne, 47 students fundraised over $1,200 this year.

On Saturday, the group walked from BU to Brighton, traveled west through Waltham and Weston (stopping at the Weston High School Pumpkin Festival for some cider), and ended the 18-mile day in Framingham. Vans then took the hikers to a nearby YMCA in Hopkinton for a family-style spaghetti dinner and much-needed rest. On Sunday, they walked the remaining eight miles around the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough and were transported to Rutland for a tour of the Heifer Overlook Farm. There, hikers learned about the Heifer International initiative, experienced the Global Village and were introduced to livestock on the farm.

Overall, the 2011 Hike for Hunger was a great success- attracting an enthusiastic and diverse group of volunteers, providing a break from the busy city, and increasing the use of social media. To revisit hikers’ thoughts and impressions of the Hike, check out

Right-quotation-mark @BUCSC #Hike4Hunger. And be on the look out for Hike fundraisers later this semester and in Spring 2012!


Last but not least, Our Volunteer of the Week is:

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Jasmine Moezzi

Jasmine, a volunteer with MAPP in the CELOP Program, is a first-year CSC volunteer who has taken charge with her CELOP partner volunteers. She created a facebook group that allows everyone a chance to keep in contact and post experiences with their international partners. Her enthusiasm is so great, considering that is a more individualized site for the volunteers.

Congrats to Jasmine and all other CSC volunteers who have made us proud this week!

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