David Bowen, Christian Melson



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The Good Shepard Ministries is a Miami Valley organization that assists in the recovery of former drug addicts and their successful re-entry into society. The ministry is funded by community donations of gently-used items and food. As members of the Social Justice Service Club, our service project is organizing a UD community donation drive to assist this ministry. Our plan is to set up donation bins in the Kettering Union, the RecPlex, and the freshman and sophomore dorms. Donated items will be collected and sorted through on a weekly basis and then transported to The Good Shepard Ministries for distribution or resale. Suggested donations include gently-used clothes, electronics, furniture, and food. Our strategic marketing plan includes: creating flyers that identify our club mission and goals; the donation mission and goals; identifying the donation drop-off points; and, informing the community of the types of donations we are seeking. We are recruiting UD Resident Coordinators and Resident Assistants to make sure that UD residents are aware of the ministry’s program and our campaign. We plan on creating a Facebook page and a Twitter account to maximize the social media for our group cause and to widen our donation base. Strategically, the best time for donations and collections is when students leave the UD campus for summer break. That is when our work will begin. Our goal is multi-faceted: we want to raise awareness of the mission of The Good Shepard Ministries; we want to promote social justice for the former addicts not only on the UD campus but throughout the Greater Miami Valley Region; and, to attract potential Social Justice Club members. We designed this service project to reflect the Marianist ideals of lead, learn, and serve.

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Lori Philips-Young, Margaret Strain, Kara Getrost

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