SGA Expands Partnership with Meals on Wheels; Community Service Exemplified by Student Leaders

Left to Right: Zach Thomas '12, Terri Dennis (Director of Meals-onWheels), Ines Speranda '10 and Nicholas Shumate '11.

When it comes to making a positive impact within the community, members of the Limestone College Student Government Association believe in putting their money where their mouths are.

After stepping forward in December to financially provide food via Cherokee County Meals on Wheels to a person for a month, the group has upped the ante by purchasing meals for the next two months.

The catch? Funding for the meals is coming not from any SGA or college related budget; rather it is coming from the pockets of SGA members themselves.

"For college students especially, spare money can be hard to come by, but our students truly care about making a positive difference in the lives of others," said Nicholas Shumate, President of SGA, and a Limestone junior from Rock Hill. "The financial sacrifice we are making is worth it because we know that we are providing a necessity for someone."

"It's so exciting to see young people who are literally this county's future so willing and strongly devoted to helping others," said Terri Dennis, director of the Cherokee County Meals-on-Wheels organization. "Our purpose is not simply to provide meals but to reach out and touch other areas of the recipients' lives as needs are observed. It's people like the Limestone SGA members who make fulfilling that mission possible."

Helping others is an emphasis of Limestone's SGA. In addition to their efforts with Meals on Wheels, the group has worked with Operation Christmas Child by filling shoe boxes with toys and hygienic items that were sent to children in need in other corners of the world. They also worked with Magnolia Assisted Living in Gaffney.

SGA member Zach Thomas said his involvement with the projects is fueled by his belief in helping others. "Impacting another person's life is a tremendous feeling, and one that everyone should experience," the sophomore from Rock Hill said. "Coordinating demanding student schedules with community outreach can be difficult but our commitment to making a positive difference within our community clearly illustrates that we are dedicated to improving lives of others not only on campus but beyond as well."