Category Archives: Philanthropy

Food Drive!

Calling all graduate students!

This will be the final GSA philanthropy event of the year, and it’s gonna be a good one!

This weekend when you go get groceries, just pick up an extra can or two of food and bring it in on Monday! Or consider donating a few dollars!

What: FOOD DRIVE COMPETITION among other student organizations in the College of Ag

When: April 1-12th: starting Monday

Where: Donation boxes will be in LILLY grad student offices and POTR 236 (talk to me if your lab would like a box in an additional locations); money donations can be done online (debit/credit card); cash/check donations will also be accepted (See below)

Who: YOU! And all your friends!

Why: Because we love giving back to the community! Also if we win we get a cool trophy and receive community recognition :)

How?? See below!

2 types of donations:

Food donations

Food Finders accepts just about anything that is shelf stable but they especially like:

  • 100% Fruit Juices
  • Baking items
  • Beans
  • Boxed rice and potatoes
  • Canned fish and meats
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Drink Mixes
  • Laundry products
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Meals in a can/box
  • Paper products
  • Pasta and meat sauces
  • Peanut Butter
  • Personal care products
  • Soups and stews

Monetary donations

Cash or check (made out to Food Finders Food Bank), email me at

Food Finders can make just $1 turn into three meals! Also, for every $1 donated, we will get three pounds of food credited to our donation tally. If you want a receipt for tax purposes, email me and I will prepare a form for you to fill out.

Credit card donations

$10 minimum donation

Thank you for being willing to serve the community!

Jenny Stevens

ABE GSA Philanthropy Chair 2018-2019

Spring 2019 Philanthropy Opportunities

January: We’ll be going back to Hanna community center to help kids with homework again! We did this last semester and everyone that went really enjoyed it. It will be Monday January 28th at 3-4 pm at the community center in Lafayette. Same as last time, there will be no official carpool but if you need a ride let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
+Bonus January event: You probably already got an email asking for donations for the Lafayette homeless center. The drop-off is conveniently located in Pfendler, see fliers for more details.
February: We will be helping out at Imagination Station for their “Love is Sweet” lab on Saturday February 16th  to bring the joy of chemistry to children of all ages. Simple chemistry kits will be provided, so you really just need to show up! Times are flexible: you can volunteer for any combination of one-hour slots from 9:30-3 pm (one hour plus arriving about 20 minutes early to get familiar with the set up). We will need the most help from about 11-1 pm, but helping with any of the time slots would be great! If you are interested or have questions, please Jenny me! Let Jenny know the end of the day next Wednesday, February 13th.
March: No philanthropy event this month. If you’re just dying to help people out, consider offering your services to the Symposium Chairs! I’m sure they would appreciate extra hands.
April: TBD: If anyone is interested in doing a science demo for the kids at the Hanna center, let me know and we may be able to schedule it for April. Otherwise we may do more homework, could help with a spring clean up, or might go to a soup kitchen. If you like any of those ideas or have more let me know.
Email Jenny Stevens with questions:

Hope to see you all at these activities!

Tutoring Philanthropy Event October 30, 2018

Fall 2018 Philanthropy Events

Here are the upcoming philanthropy events that GSA will be hosting!  We’ve got lots of good things coming up this semester and we need your  help! More details will follow about each of them.

Tuesday October 30th, 3-4 pm: Hanna Community Center (in
Lafayette); helping kids with homework (2000 Elmwood Avenue,
Lafayette, about a ten minute drive from campus)

This is a great opportunity to help inspire kids to want to keep
learning! It sounds like they would love all the help they can get, so
we may be doing more with them in the future. Look for more details .

Saturday November 10th, 9-2pm: Purdue Winterization (meet at
Purdue); prepping yards in the community for winter. See details here: We will be helping local residents clean up their yards to prepare for the winter. Registration for our group is now open! If you want to join, click “Volunteer Registration” and select ABE GSA when asked about your group. We’ll be doing the first wave, so come at 8 am if you want breakfast (I think you can come a little later if you don’t care) and they do serve lunch. Also, we meet on-campus and go from there so don’t worry about rides.

November 1-December 8: Toy drive! Give a child a toy for
Christmas! Collection spots will be set up around departmental areas.

Here’s a survey!
It seriously can be done in one minute or less, and it would really
help us know how we can help you help other people. Please take it!

Email Jenny Stevens with any questions!


Logan Readnour, Alyssa Christoffer, and Jonathan Mills, Winterization, Nov 11, 2017

Soup Kitchen Philanthropy

Our philanthropy chairs, Julia & Josept, have really done a great job of organizing opportunities to give back to the Greater Lafayette community this fall. From reverse trick-or-treating at local hospitals and clean-up of West Lafayette through Winterization, we have ended the semester with two days of volunteering at the Care & Share soup kitchen of Lafayette. Here are some photos!

Fall Philanthropy

ABE has been busy giving back to the community lately! Several graduate students participated in the annual “Winterization” put on by Purdue students. From the website: “Winterization is a community service project in which students from Purdue University assist in preparing the yards and homes of the elderly and disabled in Tippecanoe County for winter.”

Here are some photos!

Additionally, several ABE grads donned costumes and went “Reverse Trick-or-Treating” to pass out candy and play games with children at the local hospitals, IU & St. Elizabeth. Great work by our Philanthropy Chairs Julia & Josept in organizing these opportunities for us to give back to the community!

Reverse Trick or Treating! 10-30-15
Reverse Trick or Treating! 10-30-15