Student Clubs Celebrate Thanksgiving Festivities With Open Events

Thanksgiving is among us, and Raritan Valley Community College’s student clubs/organizations are celebrating with events open to the public.

SGA: Canned Food Drive

Student Government Association (SGA) is conducting a canned food drive and will accept donations until Friday. Donated food must be canned or packaged and cannot come in a glass container. Donations may be delivered to the SGA Office in Student Life, located in the Bateman Center.

SGA will deliver the food this weekend to United Way, a worldwide social services organization. “[United Way] invites each local community in creating a better world,” said Tegan Hurte, SGA Senator.

SGA will give a pizza party at the end of the semester to the student club/organization that donates the most food. Siddharth Raut, SGA Executive-Vice President, spearheaded the drive.

TWLOHA: Potluck

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) will host the potluck dinner “A Joyful Feast: An Evening of Food and Friendship” Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Atrium Lounge. The event will feature music, activities and an open mic.

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TWLOHA held their second Thanksgiving potluck last year and will hold their third one this year. Photo courtesy or TWLOHA's Facebook.

“It’s about having a safe place to go over the holidays,” said Emily Torres, President of TWLOHA. “People have lost family members. It’s an emotional time. Potluck is a place to come for free with friends and share the same values to have a nice night of food and music.”

According to its mission statement, TWLOHA is “a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide” and raises funds for mental health treatment and addiction recovery.

More information on the event can be found in a previous article in The Record.

Rotaract: Interfaith Dinner

The Rotaract Club will host the Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center. Proceeds will go to Homes for Hope, which raises funds to help eradicate world poverty by supporting HOPE International and other similar organizations.

Vice President Matt Majorossy said that the fundraiser is benefiting Napal. Included during the dinner are presentations from Rotary International members.

Rotaract is the youth division of the Rotary Club of Branchburg. The two maintain a relationship through Rotaract Advisor Nemanja Nikitov, a duel member.

For the meal packaging event Stop Hunger Now on Feb. 26, Rotaract is projecting double the packaged meals than last year’s achievement of 20,000. They are currently fundraising through weekly bake sales. Each package is 37 cents.

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The Rotaract club give diversity awards at their Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner last year. Photo by Ben Auletta.

OLC: Luncheon

A volunteer committee involving Orgullo Latino Club (OLC), professors and Richeleen Dashield, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, will host a student-cooked Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Conference Center. Tickets are $8 and proceeds will support future OLC events.

“[This is] not your typical turkey with mash potatoes; it’s Latino,” said Rose Arroy, OLC Advisor.

Since founding OLC 23 years ago, Arroyo still feels that OLC encourages “a sense of pride in our heritage. [OLC] wants a place where people feel free to speak Spanish and English [and have] a sense of comradery. This would be a place to feel comfortable. We are like a big familia,” Arroyo said.

OLC’s goal is to share culture, not exclude students. One year, they designated an African American as their club president. “In fact, some Latino students don’t speak Spanish,” Arroyo said.

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Student Government Association has received a large amount of donations for their canned food drive this year.

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