A Food Drive that Really Rocked
North Central students hosted yet another donation drive this fall—this one, a food drive held by the students who operate WONC-FM, the College's radio station. Across campus, WONC collected food and toiletry items to give to Loaves & Fishes in support of those in the Naperville community who are experiencing food insecurity.
According to General Manager Zach DeWitz, WONC chose to work with an organization local to North Central’s listening area and the campus as part of the radio station’s mission to benefit the community. For the students at WONC, DeWitz emphasized the importance of service. “While radio is fun and [students] get to enjoy listening to music and talking about their interests, there’s an element of service … they should all be involved in and take to heart.”
WONC set a goal to collect 300 pounds of food and toiletry items for Loaves & Fishes. They far surpassed that goal, gathering 448 pounds’ worth. As DeWitz noted, the drive’s success was due to the generosity of the Cardinal family. “It really shows that when someone in need asks for help, the campus community is willing to immediately step up,” he said.
The food drive is emblematic of North Central’s connection to the community. Part of the College since 1968, WONC considers Naperville home. “Even though WONC’s reach is much farther than Naperville … the radio station is part of the fabric of Naperville as much as anything else,” said DeWitz. “Connecting to the Naperville community and showing them that we’re invested in being part of their lives is what will keep us successful as a radio station.”
Even though giving is closely tied with holiday season, North Central also looks ahead to a new year of continuing generosity. WONC expects to run this food drive at least once a year, and they have a similar donation event planned for the spring, according to DeWitz.
Drake has plans for next semester’s students to host a thrifting event for North Central students. Next time, she wants to involve local businesses in gathering clothing donations. “I was really touched by how enthusiastic people were about this event, so I want to get as many interested parties involved as possible,” said Drake.
Recently, the College launched a new fund to support students in need of emergency funding for tuition. Similar to the aid COHH provides for students’ basic living needs, the Student Persistence Fund was created to address tuition needs for students facing a crisis or emergency financial situation. This fund, administered through the Office of Financial Aid, is another way that North Central ensures support for every member of the Cardinal community.
For more information about these giving opportunities, please see the following:
- Find out more about Cardinal Hope and Help by viewing the program’s Hub page.
- To contribute to COHH, visit this web page.
- To contribute to the Student Persistence Fund, visit this web page.
- For information about the clothing drive or You Thrift, contact Carly Drake.
- For more information about WONC and their food drive, contact Zach DeWitz.
To give to Naperville Loaves & Fishes, visit their website.