Giving Back to Those in Need

Kate Stenger ‘22, and peers come together for a greater good.

This summer 25 students were accepted in the CSGC grants program. These grants are funded due to the generous support of the Cost, Earle/Mendillo and Workman families, who established endowment funds to support the community and public service endeavors of future generations of Deerfield students. For more information on these grants please visit: https://deerfield.edu/csgc/grants

My twin sister, Lauren, and I created Alone Together to provide meals for starving Americans, to educate peers on the increasing rates of food insecurity and how teenagers can get involved and to encourage social distancing. In partnership with Convoy of Hope (an organization that distributes meals across America), we were able to provide 1,575 meals!

What I love most about Alone Together is how Lauren and I were able to provide opportunities for peers to give back. It wasn’t just my sister and me donating a sum of money, but rather it was the contribution of each Alone Together customer through the purchase of a hoodie. I also feel proud that I was able to give insight on ways teenagers can get involved and the importance of charity through the conversation with Kevin Rose (which is posted on the website: https://www.shopalonetogether.com ). This to me really highlights the power of community.

A key takeaway from this experience is that no matter the circumstance, you can find a way to help those in need. Before Lauren and I had the idea of Alone Together, I felt useless knowing that I could not serve like I used to while so many Americans were losing their jobs and starving. In that situation, I let my creativity kick in, and before I knew it, my sister and I had supplied over 1,500 meals! This was a true testament to the fact that no matter what, there is always a way to help the greater good, even when you feel beset with obstacles.

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