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 Variety of Items Collected in School Supply Drive


The School Supply Drive organized by the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) to benefit children supported by Chapman Partnership in Miami was a success.


Barry University staff, faculty, and students donated more than 20 different types of items, reported CCSI Graduate Assistant Sashay Goodletty, who coordinated the drive. Among the items were 600 pencils, 33 packs of crayons, 60 folders, 50 composition notebooks, and 30 packs of writing paper.


“Many thanks to the faculty, staff, and students who donated and helped prepare the children for their first day of school,” Goodletty said.


Since 1995, Chapman Partnership has been assisting homeless adults and children in transitioning off the streets of Miami-Dade County and in attaining stability and self-sufficiency.


Goodletty coordinated the summer drive in consultation with Chapman Partnership staff members Kenisha Brown and Grace Ugalde-Wolpert.


“Thank you and we are grateful for your assistance in helping our residents attain greater stability and self-sufficiency,” wrote Ugalde-Wolpert, the community outreach manager, in an August 13 letter to the CCSI.



CCSI Team Lends a Hand


A four-member team from the CCSI recently added a fresh coat of paint to the external walls of a wing at GratignyElementary School.


Director Glenn Bowen, Associate Director Christina Leaño, Graduate Assistant Sashay Goodletty, and Community Engagement Liaison Steffano Montano “did an excellent job, for which we are grateful,” said Dr. Aaron Enteen, principal of the school. “We appreciate the support we’ve been receiving from Barry.”



Service Opportunities


·           August 28: Food Sorting at Feeding South Florida

·           September 1: Friends Ranch Clean-Up

·           Salvation Army Hosts 9/11 Service Day



Food Sorting at Feeding South Florida

Wednesday, August 28 ¦ 1:00–4:00 PM ¦ 2501 SW 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023


Feeding South Florida is one of the largest local food banks, providing non-perishable food to more than 800 agencies in South Florida. Volunteers are needed to unload, sort, and repackage food items.

For further information and to register, contact Bianca Perez at 954-518-1863 or bperez@feedingsouthflorida.org.



Friends Ranch Clean-up

Sunday, September 1 | 1:00–6:00 PM | 1840 N.E. 65th Ct., Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33308


Friends Ranch is in need of volunteers to assist with the maintenance of its horse rescue facility. Volunteer tasks include interacting with the animals at the ranch, stall cleaning, bathing, and grooming. Volunteers should dress appropriately and wear closed-toe shoes.


For more information and to register, visit Friends Ranch’s Volunteer Opportunities page.



Salvation Army Hosts 9/11 Service Day

Wednesday, September 11 ¦ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ¦ 1907 NW 38 Street, Miami, FL 33142


The Salvation Army of Miami-Dade will host a Service Day in remembrance of 9/11, focusing on improving the lives of individuals served through its homeless shelter. Volunteers will assist the kitchen staff in preparing and serving meals; maintaining a vegetable garden; hosting a canned food, book, or toiletry drive; or performing similar tasks.


For a complete list of opportunities, contact Geysel Carcamo at (305) 637-6711 or geysel_carcamo@uss.salvationarmy.org.


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