AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Blanket and Coat Drive
Project type(s) Community Service,Other
Date completed 12/2009
Chapter James Madison University
Project Coordinator Iwona Stepniak
Summary of project The JMU Chapter of AMSA sponsored a blanket and coat drive to collect items for the homeless/needy this winter. Students, faculty and staff of James Madison University were asked to join the JMU AMSA chapter in donating blankets, coats and sweaters to the needy this winter season. The event kicked off November 29th with an email to the JMU student body, requesting that they bring items to donate back from Thanksgiving break. The event was further advertised using flyers that were hung around campus, emails that were sent to the biology department staff and students, and a blurb included the weekly pre-professional health announcements regarding the event. In addition to emails, personalized letters were also delivered to the biology department staff. The items were collected in a box that was placed in a building on campus. The event lasted through December 11th when the items were picked up by the project coordinator for delivery to the homeless shelter in Washington DC. There were several bags and boxes full of sweaters, coats and blankets; proving that the project was a huge success!!

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Number of participants 100
Participant hours involved 366 hour(s)
Coordinator roles The project coordinator was involved in drafting emails and announcements that were then sent to the JMU faculty, students and staff. She also was responsible for approving the flyer that was hung around campus. In addition to approving the flyer, she als
Coordinator hours 8 hour(s)
Total project cost $5
Project funding School funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations: The small amount of money that was used was only for the paper that the personalized letters and flyers were printed on during advertizing.
Project advertising There were several methods of advertisement that was used during the event. To begin the event, an email was sent to the JMU student body November 30th , requesting that they bring items to donate after returning from Thanksgiving break. The event was fu
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions This project was a huge success!! Many boxes and bags of sweaters, coats and blankets were collected and were delivered promptly to the shelter in Washington DC in time for the holidays. Since this was the first time that the JMU chapter had done a projec

Comments The multiple ways and the persistence of the advertising are believed to be the reason for the success of the project. The use of staggering the announcements allowed for people to be reminded and to spread the word about the donation. Also making sure th