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Clarke Surpasses Goal in Collecting Items for Area Residents in Need

posted on April 1, 2010

When Molly Boucher began the “Collection Competition” on Clarke’s campus, she hoped to collect 1,000 items that could be donated to organizations that serve Dubuque-area residents in need.

Throughout the month of March, teams of Clarke students, faculty and staff worked to collect canned goods, hygiene products, non-perishable items, diapers, wipes, paper towels and other supplies that could be donated to local non-profit agencies. The response was overwhelming and the goal far surpassed with over 2,100 items collected.

“The Clarke community is generous to responding when others are in need,” said Clarke Director of Campus Ministry Amy Golm, BVM, who said the collected items will be donated to Maria House, Theresa Shelter, Hope House, St. Vincent de Paul and the Dubuque food pantry.

The idea of the Collection Competition came from Molly Boucher, a social work and psychology major from Dubuque, who attended the national “Resolve” conference in Chicago – an event designed to help fight against poverty in the United States. Funded by Clarke’s campus ministry office, during her attendance at the conference, Boucher attended workshops and developed this project to help those who are less fortunate in the surrounding area.

“Food and shelter are two basic needs that everyone should have and there are people who don't have them.” said Boucher. “At Clarke, we care. We want to see change and we want to see justice for everyone.”

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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