In honor of Women’s History Month, OSD Ohio State University partnered with a number of local organizations to make a big impact for Columbus women in need.
The HER Service Project was led by females from 3 different Veteran Service Organizations (Gretchen Klingler the Veteran Community Advocate at OSU; Kim Tapia of The Mission Continues; and Lizzy Williams of OSD OSU). Together, these female leaders collaborated to put on a service event during Women’s History Month aimed to empower the Columbus community and all the women in it.
Kellie Garrity, OSD OSU’s fundraising coordinator, explained “We joined forces with surrounding women-led organizations in order to support the community and send a message to all women, veteran or civilian, that we have each other’s backs. Columbus is filled with all different types of strong women and it’s important that all mothers, sisters, soldiers, and empowered women everywhere are appreciated.”
More than 30 volunteers spent a Saturday volunteering at the Van Buren Shelter which serves homeless families, women, and men. This hardworking group of volunteers spent 6 hours at the shelter tackling maintenance projects and helping to organize donations. The extra hands helped to free up the shelter staff to get back to the important work of serving the Columbus community.
Tristan Britcher, Logistics Coordinator for OSD OSU, said, “The HER service project event at the Van Buren Shelter was a great success and we got a lot accomplished in those short 6 hours. One of the great parts about the event was that going in there were many different backgrounds from the volunteers! Some of the people we got to work with served in the military and others have been volunteering with The Mission Continues for quite a long time. It was great to be able to take all of these different organizations and people with different stories and come together for one ultimate mission.”
A relatively new OSD Chapter, this event was a huge success for OSD OSU and was particularly important for their female-led leadership team.
Lizzy Williams, President of OSD OSU reflected, “I think the event showcased how we at OSD OSU can partner together with other local organizations to empower and serve our community. This event meant a lot to us as part of Women’s History Month since OSD OSU’s leadership team is made up of four young college women. The HER service project showed that we are strong, we matter, and we can make a difference. We have had some great success as our first year as an OSD Chapter and we can’t wait to watch our chapter grow into something special in the coming years.”
To learn more about OSD events happening in Chapters across Midwest, please check out our Midwest Region Facebook page.
OSD Chapters are the backbone of our local outreach. Chapters are made up of groups of active duty members, veterans, family members and civilian supporters devoted to giving back at the community level. OSD chapters host various social, professional, and service related events each month. Service events allow Chapters the chance to give back in a meaningful way. Through service, Chapters are able to have a lasting and positive impact in their communities. To date, OSD Chapters have contributed tens of thousands of volunteer hours. Additionally, the camaraderie built through these events create bonds which last a lifetime.
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