Meal Sponsor Spotlight: Dr. Erica Moore, Cambridge Education Group, ONCAMPUS BOSTON
WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO:
Cambridge Education Group is a global provider of education for international students. CEG has university transfer programs at five different universities and colleges around the United States. At ONCAMPUS Boston, in partnership with Wheelock College, we provide support to first-year international students from over thirty different countries. Students are fully matriculated at Wheelock College and we help them to excel academically, as well as to identify and apply to schools for transfer. ONCAMPUS works with Wheelock to help students transition from their previous educational backgrounds to the academic rigors and challenges faced by college students in the U.S. Our program’s curriculum includes “English for Academic Purposes”, which gives students the skills necessary to be successful researchers, writers, readers, and critical thinkers, as well as “University Success Class”, where students focus on their campus experiences, goal-setting, and transfer options, including Wheelock.
HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT FNSP:
I had attended the Unitarian Universalist service on several occasions and learned of it while there.
DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE:
Fortunately, we were able to volunteer on the same night that we sponsored the meal. Students were really excited to come down to the program and help with serving the meal, talking to attendees, and cleaning up. Afterwards, many students commented on how friendly and nice all of the attendees had been, and how they thought it was so unfair that some people had less than others. They also commented on how nice the other workers were. When we returned to campus, these student volunteers shared their experience with other students, who then also wanted to get involved. We formed a fund-raising committee to raise the money, and so far, they have collected $150 from professors and students at Wheelock. We will definitely continue this tradition of raising funds and donating and volunteering at the Friday Night Supper Program. For our students-all of whom come from a wide range of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and who have just arrived to the US and to Boston-this experience has been invaluable.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY FOR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE LOOKING TO SPONSOR A MEAL:
Sponsoring a meal is a great way to show appreciation for organizations like the Friday Night Supper Program. It is easy to forget how tirelessly non-profits work to raise funds and to continue provision of services. If you have a group of individuals with whom you work or teach, setting up a fund-raising committee to raise $300 is a learning experience in itself, and I’m sure you’ll find many people willing to donate $5 or $10 towards this cause. It’s especially excellent to sponsor a meal and then go down to the church and volunteer, so you can witness how appreciative and happy the attendees and staff and volunteers are at having this opportunity to provide a hot meal each week.