Collaborating for a Cause

(April 10, 2013) Armstrong students like to make an impact—an impact through research, academic accomplishments, and, most of all, through service. From Treasure Savannah to Hurricane Sandy relief and the many service projects initiated by clubs and other organizations, Armstrong has a multitude of opportunities to volunteer and help others through the year. This spring, however, the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association (SGA) found a way to create an even bigger impact through collaboration and partnership with Savannah State University and Savannah Technical College.

In a few short weeks, during the busiest time of the spring semester, the SGAs from Savannah State, Savannah Tech, and Armstrong put their heads and hearts together for a collective outreach program, aptly dubbed Three Colleges, One Cause. The group teamed up with the West Broad Street YMCA and local nonprofit, Blessings in a Backpack, to organize campus-wide food drives focused on filling backpacks with canned goods for hungry children.

“The conversation started this semester, to discuss coming together for one cause with the three different universities' SGAs,” explained Armstrong SGA President Kwame Phillips. “We decided to collaborate and make this an effort to give back. With us working together, we have a greater impact on kids in our community.”

Indeed, the Three Colleges, One Cause effort made a great impact, raising much more as a group. The donations were presented at the West Broad Street YMCA, where Armstrong, Savannah State, and Savannah Tech not only shared the fruits of their labor, but they shared pride in their collective effort as well.

“I think it's important to show the community that not just one college is involved, that we are all interested in doing service for a good cause,” said Armstrong student Stephanie Mitchell. “And it makes sense, because when we all get together, we are raising much more for the kids here, and we are showing them that we care about them. Maybe when they look to where they're going to go to school, they'll say, ‘Well they did this for us…'”

“We are now in the phase of discussing more ideas for next year,” added Phillips. As he is serving his last term as president and getting ready to graduate, Phillips is proud of the legacy he's leaving with Three Colleges, One Cause. “I'm glad that this started while I am in office, and now we can see it grow.”