Pelicans Kick Off Fall Community Engagement Activities

The student-led Pelican Service Organization (PSO) has invited the Loomis Chaffee community to join an effort to support the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank by walking in Foodshare’s virtual Walk For Hunger during the week of September 14–18.

The group began the week by leading a small cohort of on-campus Pelicans in a two-lap walk around the Loop during Monday’s community free time. An additional 21 students joined the kick-off walk virtually and generated donations that moved the needle more than halfway to the team’s fundraising goal. 

The PSO has a long tradition of participating in the Walk For Hunger in the fall. The organization is encouraging all Pelicans, wherever they are in the world right now, to visit Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger website, where they can register for the Loomis Chaffee Walks for Windsor Food & Fuel team, contribute to the effort, or chart their own 1.5-mile course to walk. Funds raised from the walk help support Foodshare and its local partners that serve those who struggle with hunger.

Foodshare, a regional foodbank serving Greater Hartford, has hosted the Walk Against Hunger annually for 37 years. The event is taking place virtually this year because of COVID-19 safety precautions, but the need for support remains high. A growing number of people in the region are experiencing food insecurity because of the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Heather Henderson, director of Loomis’ Community Engagement Program, remarked that it is uplifting to see students connecting with each other to help surrounding communities again this fall. Whether taking classes on campus or online this first fall term, there are many ways students may join classmates from near and far in community engagement activities, Heather said.

In light of the pandemic, Loomis’ Community Engagement Program (formerly referred to as the Community Service Program) is focusing this school year on supporting organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, issues of concern in all communities, Heather explained.

“Loomis Chaffee students can be a part of a larger all-school effort while connecting with their neighbors and lending a helping hand from wherever in the world they are taking classes,” she said.   

More engagement opportunities — including from the PSO and other school-wide efforts — may be found in the school's Daily Bulletin.