Armed with more than 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Chick-fil-A, hygiene products and blankets from their Monday ‘Fleece it Up’ event, UCF Student Government Association members and volunteers arrived at St. George Orthodox Church on Friday to participate in a distribution event held by the Ephraim Project.
SGA’s participation in the event comes after Cymone Forde, SGA’s community outreach specialist, reached out to the Ephraim Project’s director seeking an opportunity for the UCF community to give back.
“People are really enjoying the experience; some people have ever been out here or in this type of environment, and I think that having them here learning a sense of civic responsibility is really important, especially during their collegiate career,” Forde said.
Student volunteers passed out food, blankets and socks, as well as hygiene products provided by Zeta Phi Eta, UCF’s communication fraternity.
Nick Larkins, a health sciences sophomore and SGA officer, attended the event for the second time and said he was motivated to come back after seeing the perseverance of the people he was able to help.
“To be able to come out here and help is something that is really fulfilling to myself,” Larkins said.
Forde said she hopes to continue to volunteer through the year.
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