Davenport University student organization spreads holiday cheer

Davenport’s Health and Science Pre-Professional Student Organization assembles over 2,000 pre-packaged meals for Feeding America West Michigan.

Students in Davenport University’s Health and Science Pre-Professional Student Organization (HSPPO) recently teamed up with Feeding America West Michigan to spread a little holiday cheer to those who need it most. 

When the HSPPO began researching different organizations with which to volunteer, it didn’t take long for them to land on Feeding America West Michigan, which strives to improve access to nutritious food. The organization is always looking for volunteers, especially this time of year.

Riley Schroeder, Davenport’s HSPPO president, said volunteering for Feeding America West Michigan is a great opportunity for students to gain volunteer hours and to give back to the community in a meaningful way. “It also brings attention to the Feeding America West Michigan organization and its effort to help those in our communities who are facing hunger,” she said. 

The students had already committed to volunteering with Feeding America West Michigan at its Comstock Park warehouse when they began brainstorming additional ways they could be of service.

“We wanted to think of another way to involve our members in the community service project, especially those who would not be able to attend the event at the warehouse,” said Schroeder. “So, we came up with the idea to make holiday cards to include with the pre-packaged bags of food we’d be helping to assemble.” 

To HSPPO member Luke Janofski, volunteering for an organization like Feeding America West Michigan is a win-win. “I feel it’s important for me to give of my time, and this event was a great opportunity for me to make a positive impact on the community I care about,” he said. 

Schroeder says she feels volunteering is important for many reasons and its impact extends to individuals, communities, and society as a whole. 

“Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and give back to those around you. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference,” said Schroeder.  “The HSPPO is a health and science pre-professional organization, so the majority of us are working towards careers that involve helping and serving others. This is something that is very dear to the organization’s heart, she said.”

According to Daniel Palmatier, science department chair and faculty advisor, the HSPPO student organization brings together students with a shared interest in the health and science fields. It’s a place for students to connect, learn and grow.

“The HSPPO provides its members with important resources and opportunities to help them succeed in their careers and also encourages students to serve others,” Palmatier said. “The volunteer opportunity with Feeding America West Michigan has been completely student-led and has been a great experience for them.”


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