Club Prepares Food Baskets for HomeFront Families
Science 4 Communities, a non-profit volunteer club started in 2010 by students at High School South, recently created 14 Thanksgiving food baskets for families helped by HomeFront. The mission of the 4-H based club is to help communities by bringing health awareness and motivating the younger generation to include physical activity in their daily routine.
The club was founded in 2010 by Nikhil and Akhil Dondapati. Akhil is the current President and members included their neighborhood friends and fellow students.
Akhil has been a strong supporter of HomeFront through volunteering. HomeFront is a non-profit organization that helps parents work toward their GED and apply for sustainable jobs. “When we think of solving the issue of poverty, why not start in our own community?” Akhil says. “HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Mercer County.”
These young members have visited HomeFront and the WW-P School District Extended Day Program to teach children about healthy living, proper exercise habits, and a balanced diet.
During Thanksgiving, the club brought joy to seven families in 2010, 12 families in 2011, 13 families in 2012, and 14 families in 2013 by providing baskets filled with canned goods, juices, desserts, and a gift card for turkey. During the summer, the club has provided back-to-school supplies including clothes, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks to four students in 2011, six students in 2012, six students in 2013, and five students in 2014.
Last year, the members collected food items in their communities and raised close to $500. The donors included residents of Heatherfield, Southfield, Princeton Chase, and Gentry communities. “This project has been a huge success over the years and keeps on getting better,” says Akhil. “I am very appreciative of all the families who helped us contribute to this cause.”
The club, solely driven by students with a current membership of 8.