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Swipes http://swipesforthehomeless.org Students Fighting Hunger Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:59:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.6 2nd Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit! http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2015/02/summit/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2015/02/summit/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:56:14 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=2117 For the second year in a row, Swipes will be presenting at the Food Waste & Hunger Summit– a two-day event that convenes student leaders who are pioneering solutions to the interrelated problems of food insecurity and food waste. This year, the Summit will be held at the University of Georgia from April 18-19, and registration is now open. The Summit is hosted by our partners in food justice, The Campus Kitchens Project and Food Recovery Network.

The Summit gives students a forum to learn from – and present as – experts in the fields of social justice, social enterprise, public health, non-profit management and related fields in addition to the opportunity to share best practices. Because we believe in “student-powered hunger relief,” we’re proud that about one third of our breakout sessions will be led by student leaders from The Campus Kitchens Project, Food Recovery Network chapters. These students, as well as nonprofit leaders and academics from across the country, will share best practices around a variety of hunger-related issues.

Swipes for the Homeless will be leading one such presentation, featuring their innovative program and ways to develop effective partnerships with dining service providers.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that this year’s featured keynote speaker is Doug Rauch. Doug is the former president of Trader Joe’s Company and current founder and president of Daily Table, an innovative retail concept designed to bring affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our cities by recovering the unsold, wholesome food from grocers, food service, growers and manufacturers to provide both ready-to-eat meals and basic groceries at prices that are less than junk food. Doug was also a recent Senior Fellow at Harvard University in their Advance Leadership Initiative, where he focused on the challenges of hunger and obesity and the environmental impact of wasted food.

We’ve always said we can’t end hunger with food – and we’ve always known we can’t do it alone, either. That’s why we join forces with groups like Swipes, and one of our favorite parts of the Summit is

exploring new ways of collaborating with organizations dedicated to empowering students to solve hunger. Want to join us this year? We’re offering a limited number of travel scholarships for students to attend the Summit, and applications are due on February 28. Register for the Food Waste & Hunger Summit today and join the movement end hunger in our lifetime!

 

 

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7 Highlights of Leading a Swipes Chapter http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/12/top7/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/12/top7/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:01:26 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=1981 Shashank, Daniel and Brad proudly launched Swipes for the Homeless at UC San Diego in the Spring of 2013. As he wraps up his last quarter as president, Shashank shares his top 7 highlight of co-founding and leading a Swipes chapter.

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1. When you lead such a revolutionary program, you and those around you learn that a little goes a long way, and every little bit makes a big difference. Eventually, those little things led to the 30,000+ meals our UCSD Swipes community has been able to donate.

2. Assembling an incredible team of like-minded individuals. Swipes has blossomed from an idea in the minds of Daniel, Brad, and I, to a thriving organization making lasting, positive, tangible change. Each time I sit and wonder how all of this has been possible, it doesn’t take long to remember the people who have been by my side since the very beginning, as well as our wonderful new members who have recently come aboard for the ride.

3. Working with the campus housing and dining program as well as the local food bank and being deeply involved with the framework of student life.

4. Being connected with the greater Swipes community and other student leaders with similar goals.

5. Learning about my intrinsic motivations, and what drives me to help people. 

6. Gaining invaluable leadership experience and essentially transforming my outlook on my future.

7. Actively helping so, so many people.

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Making Social Media Work http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/10/making-social-media-work/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/10/making-social-media-work/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:08:53 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=1914 When starting a national movement, you need a groundswell. Our #SwipeOutHunger campaign was just that.

Students around the country are giving their meal points so that people in their community who are facing hunger can enjoy a meal. It’s adding up. To date, our program has donated more than one million meals. How has our organization, Swipes, been able to share this incredible success with people? By using a tool our students speak– the hashtag.

#SwipeOutHunger, puts our name into practice. It takes Swipes for the Homeless beyond a title and makes it an action, something with urgency. By using Tint, we’ve been able to take this movement happening in pockets around the country and unify it. Supporters like yourselves can track and watch our growth straight from our students on the ground. We believe in taking the message from the source, our students, and sharing it with you, and we’re glad we have Tint to share our message thought.

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A Bruin & the Beautiful Blue Eyes: Swipes Spotlight on UCLA’s Amanda Lucido http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/05/swipes-spotlight-ucla-amanda-lucido/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/05/swipes-spotlight-ucla-amanda-lucido/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 02:57:47 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=1716 IMG_2813 copy

Amanda Lucido, is a first-year Psychology student at UCLA.

“Where are you from?” I asked. I suppose it was a loaded question, I should have anticipated such an impassioned response from a woman with eyes that blue and that full of life. Still, I’m not sure anything could have prepared me for what I was about to hear. When I joined Swipes for the Homeless, I knew plenty of opportunities to get involved with the community would come knocking on my door. But I had no idea how quickly…or how hard they would be knocking.

A few weeks ago, I volunteered to make dinner at People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), a homeless shelter in Los Angeles alongside my fellow Swipes for the Homeless members. When we arrived, I was surprised; it was not the dark, heavy environment I had anticipated. Shame on me perhaps for expecting that it would be those things, but surely I am not the only one who sometimes puts too much faith in my preconceived notions of what “volunteering” and “homelessness” are like. Either way, I was happy to find a positive environment, filled with people who genuinely wanted to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

As the guests trickled into the cafeteria to enjoy the array of Mexican food we had prepared, a fellow Swipes member shouted excitedly, “Oh! I remember that woman! She was here last time. The woman with the beautiful blue eyes!” I looked around and immediately my glance fell upon an elderly woman with captivating blue eyes. She sat down at a table as another student brought her a plate of food. Despite the energy that filled the room, she seemed to be deep in thought. Curiosity got the better of me and I made my way over to her table. I engaged the other guests sitting around, all the while the woman with the blue eyes remained silent. The others, however, continued on, inquiring with utmost sincerity about our group and about me personally. They asked my name and before I could say anything more, the woman with the blue eyes reached for my arm and in a soft-spoken voice said to me, “You know, there is a song named after you…it is beautiful. There is a song named after me too, ‘Irene’.” I had never heard of the songs she spoke of, but I knew that they could not possibly have been as beautiful as the singsong tone of her voice or the melody that filled my ears when she told me her story.

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UCLA volunteers prepare a Mexican dinner for PATH visitors. (Benjamin Boodaie)

“Where are you from?” I asked. “I am from Romania,” she responded, “but I spent a lot of time in Germany as a child…” It was strange how instantly we connected. Before I knew it, she was sharing with me some of the most intimate memories of her life, both bright and dark alike. She had grown up in Central Europe in the early 1940s, and was only a child when World War II cast a shadow over her beautiful land, and inevitably, over her life. She painted pictures for me: her bare feet becoming one with the land for months at a time, fields that sheltered her entire family in the twilight hours concealing their silhouettes from unforgiving soldiers. But she also spoke of the Red Cross and meeting the American soldiers for the first time while her mother gave birth to her sister in the sanctity of their camps. I watched her eyes light up, her words bloomed like unfolding hands, revealing one last treasure: boarding the train to Los Angeles. I imagined what it was like to arrive in the City of Angels for the first time. It must have been just that–a city filled with angels.

I like to think there is something special about me that compelled her to share her story…but I know that the only thing that set me apart was my compassion. She understood that I was not just hearing her, I was listening…and that must have been a breath of fresh air. In this day and age, it is easy to forget what it means to be human. There are billions of people on this Earth, each an individual with a story to share. Sure, we can let the days pass without connecting to one another—consumed by our own worlds and own problems—but imagine how much richer our lives would be if we simply opened our eyes, lent our ears, and reached out a helping hand to those around us. I am thankful to Swipes for the Homeless for giving me that opportunity.

Amanda Lucido is a first-year Psychology major (with a potential double-minor in Philosophy and Italian) at UCLA, a proud member of Swipes for the Homeless, a project director for BruinLIGHTS, and a project assistant at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Aside from her on campus involvement, she holds a lifelong passions for art, theatre, writing and people.

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Recruiting: Director of Education and Advocacy http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/01/education-advocacy-director/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2014/01/education-advocacy-director/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:34:00 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=1441 January 31st, 2014
Swipes for the Homeless
Director of Education and Advocacy

Organization

Swipes for the Homeless is an innovative non-profit whose mission it is to tangibly and tactically partner with college campuses to alleviate hunger while raising young people’s awareness of homelessness and hunger through education and outreach. Since 2010, Swipes for the Homeless has been enabling university students to donate excess funds from their student meal plans to their local food insecure community.

Position

The Director of Education and Advocacy will design, research and implement educational tools for our student leaders and greater community. The objective of our Education branch is to educate the Swipes for the Homeless community by providing relevant and clear learning materials on issues of hunger and homelessness with the hope that it will catalyze individuals to act.

This is a brand new position and the Director will contribute an average of 5 hours each week, which includes a monthly conference call with the Board of Officers. This is a renewable one-year volunteer position that is not compensated.

 

Responsibilities

  • Organize an education and advocacy campaign each academic term (Fall + Spring) around a specifically selected issue relevant to food insecurity or homelessness.
  • Researching the issues systemic cause as well as government policies that have played a role. Tying these to the effects and realities individuals and communities face. Highlighting various populations (children, LGBT, veterans…) and how these issues may specifically affect them.
  • Clearly present the topic and materials to our students leaders so they become educated and can continue educating students on campus.
  • Take on the role as your own! Anything from starting a blog to hosting an awareness event- bring your ideas and passions to the position.

Recommended Skills

1. Either formal or experiential background in education or advocacy.
2. Vast knowledge on issues of food insecurity and homelessness.
3. Previous experience as a student leader on campus or student group involvement.
4. Ability to work as a part of an interactive board.
5. Interest and investment in social change and creating a difference.

To apply:

Email Rachel@SwipesForTheHomeless.org by February 28th including:

1. A brief paragraph expressing your interest in joining the Swipes for the Homeless in this capacity and in general.
2. An updated resume.
3. [optional] Relevant writing sample (blog, online post, article..)

For more information on our organization visit www.SwipesForTheHomeless.org or email Rachel@SwipesForTheHomeless.org.

 

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Swipes honored by The Jenzabar Foundation http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2013/12/jenzabaraward/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2013/12/jenzabaraward/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:06:08 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=1370 On December 10th, 2013, The Jenzabar Foundation honored Swipes for the Homeless with their Student Leadership Award and $5,000 grant.




 Jenzabar Executive Director John Beahm, Swipes National Director of Compliance Deena Dulgerian, Executive Director Rachel Sumekh, UCLA Co-President Benjamin Boodaie and USC President Lauren O’neil.

Hello Ohio! This past week, members of our National Board were joined by UCLA and USC representatives to accept the Student Leadership award on behalf of Swipes for the Homeless, at The Jenzabar Foundation Ceremony in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Along with recognizing the work of two other change-making student organizations, like our friends the Campus Kitchens Project, the Foundation hosted panels and discussions around issues of student retention, engagement and leadership. Benjamin Boodaie, our UCLA Chapter President  shared with attendees the wise words of  President Obama from the Campus Champions of Change Ceremony last March.

“There’s an old saying, ‘If you’re not  idealistic when you’re young, you got problems. If you stay idealistic, when you’re old, you got problems’, but I’m a big believer you actually can stay idealistic throughout your life.”

Benjamin and Swipes for the Homeless’ Executive Director, Rachel Sumekh share President Obama’s sentiment. “Upon graduation, our student leaders view service as more than just an after class activity, but an integral part of their daily lives. Myself as an example, I had planed to pursue litigation, and since then have dedicated my life’s work to pursuing social change and policy reform” explains Sumekh.

Jenzabar is a leading provider of software, strategies, and services for higher education. Swipes for the Homeless is investing the grant in the creation of an online tool, allowing prospective students a streamlined way to create their own chapter. Stay tuned!

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Swipes wins Classy Awards http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2012/10/swipes-wins-white-house-classy-awards-2/ http://swipesforthehomeless.org/2012/10/swipes-wins-white-house-classy-awards-2/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:52:02 +0000 http://swipesforthehomeless.org/?p=453 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc id sem id leo volutpat fermentum viverra sed mauris. Aliquam eget consequat elit. Sed euismod dictum mauris, a porttitor sapien rutrum id. Phasellus pharetra sollicitudin nisi, sit amet venenatis sapien vestibulum eget. Cras semper imperdiet arcu, quis accumsan elit iaculis eu. In sem nibh, eleifend nec volutpat quis, cursus et metus. Nunc porta imperdiet laoreet.

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