For Immediate Release
Date: December 11, 2006
BLOOMSBURG— A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student used an internship through the SOLVE Office to help bring her one step closer to her goal of making a difference in someone’s life.
Robyn Galowitz, of Holland, Pa., will graduate Saturday, Dec. 16, with a degree in communication studies and an experience that she believes is one of the best in her life.
The SOLVE Office (Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment) puts up a Giving Tree on BU’s campus every holiday season but, as the holidays were approaching this fall, the project hadn’t begun. Galowitz offered to lead the program that collects Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the area.
“I knew it was a good program,” said Galowitz. “I had never had a leadership role before, but I knew it would be a good learning experience and that I would have support.”
To organize the Giving Tree, Galowitz contacted eight organizations and schools to see if they were interested in being part of the program. In a follow-up letter, she asked the schools and organizations to send a list of children’s names, including their sizes and one wish each.
“We had around 350 names come in. One school alone had 137 children,” said Galowitz.
The names were then inserted into a master list and an ornament was made for each child showing his or her wish, name and sizes. The ornament process took about two weeks, according to Galowitz, and the rest has continued to go smoothly, but she admits she couldn’t have completed the project without the help of the SOLVE Office.
“We have received piles of gifts. The room next to the SOLVE Office looks like Santa’s workshop,” Galowitz said.
After the gifts are collected and wrapped, the Giving Tree’s head coordinator will pick up the presents to disperse to their proper locations.
“Some of the wishes just break your heart,” said Galowitz. “Some of these children just want the bare necessities; one of them even wrote ‘thank you for caring.’”
Galowitz believes that this program has given her a new perspective. She has learned to value the little things that she knows she is lucky to have.
“I hope I can help make their holiday season a little brighter. Since I’ll be graduating this month, I can’t imagine a better way to end my semester,” Galowitz said.
After graduation Galowitz plans to be more involved in programs like the Giving Tree and Toys for Tots in her local area. “A lot or work goes into these programs and I want to help as much as I can,” said Galowitz.
As far as careers are concerned, Galowitz is keeping her options open, but she knows that she wants to make a difference in someone’s life.
“I want to help people. If I can make someone smile or laugh then I will be satisfied,” said Galowitz.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.