The class, led by Carol Garber, collected more than $1,200 in donations, including 850 individual items, for Kokomo’s Pals for Paws, a not-for-profit animal rescue organization. The biggest donation received was a $500 gift card.
Class member Jessica Humphrey called it a worthwhile project.
“I really wanted to help these animals, because I know what it is like to be alone,” she said. “I gained and learned a lot from this project.”
This is the 16th year Garber has had her freshman learning community plan and lead a community service project.
This year the class chose Pals for Paws, which provides foster care for pets taken from shelters, and finds permanent homes for them. It has rescued more than 12,000 dogs since 2002. They created and hung fliers around campus to raise awareness of their need for donations, and had collection tables around campus. They also organized and arranged to have a table and fundraiser outside of Five Below.
That was Kokomo resident Zach Duranto’s favorite part of the project.
“It was great to see little kids come up and put some change in the jar and without their parents prompting them,” he said. “It was really cool to see the kids get excited about helping out.”
They also participated in a field trip to Pals for Paws, located at All Under One Woof. While there they were able to visit the facility that they would be helping through their service project; they were able to spend time and bond with the rescued animals that would benefit from their efforts.
“I haven’t done a lot of volunteer work before, but I will definitely plan to volunteer at Pals for Paws in the future,” said Katie Korporal, from Huntington. “It was really cool visiting, and I wanted to take all the dogs home.”
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
Story written by student writer Calani Hitchell. Calani is an intern in the Office of Media & Marketing.