We all need to know our stuff so we can be effective advocates—raising awareness and building public support for this critical undertaking.
Apply now to start a FeelGood chapter on your college campus and become a major player in our national youth movement to end poverty by 2030.
FeelGood is powered by the contributions of over 300 individuals just like you. Please help keep our movement strong with a monthly donation.
Each month of the academic year, we highlight a FeelGood member’s contributions to their chapter and the movement as part of the FeelWHAT student newsletter. And here on the blog we’re telling their stories. This month’s Cheese Wiz is Joe Murray, a Co-Deli Manager at the University of Michigan FeelGood chapter. Enjoy this write-up by Angelika Kurthen, who serves as Education and Recruitment Chair for Joe’s chapter.
Joe Murray is the un-sung hero of our FeelGood chapter at the University of Michigan (UMich). From an outside perspective, Joe seems like a pretty normal FeelGood leader who attends both chapter meetings and leadership meetings, comes to delis for the whole 3 hours they run, does a PR event here and there, and is always in a good mood. But after working with Joe for a year, I can testify that he is more than FeelGoods average leader. He goes above and beyond with regard to his leadership role as Co-Deli Manager, and he is willing to help out any stressed out leader do their duty as well.
Joe, in short, should become the Czar of delis.
He organizes every single deli and makes sure that they run smoothly. Between helping a new volunteer scrape burnt butter off of a panini press and making sure the money is being correctly managed, Joe will often pop off to deliver a freshly grilled sandwich all the way across campus (no small feat in the below freezing weather of a wintery Michigan). On top of that, he find us non-FeelGood volunteers who help us out on deli days, so we always have enough people to successfully run a deli.
Joe also does most of our shopping for the delis and manages to procure donations from the most coveted places. Last semester, the famous Zingermanns Bakery donated bread to us, thanks to Joe! And he is also the perfect height to pluck Organic Cheese blocks off the top shelf from the local Kroger, where they are kept out of reach for shorter FeelGood members.
In addition to all that, Joe edits all the flyers we have made to advertise our delivery delis so they are up to date, and then emails them to everyone, so we can print them out and distribute them accordingly.
Finally, Joe is a FeelGood SNAFU life-saver.
His unique problem solving skills have helped us out many times. Most recently, he found a way to get into the frat kitchen we use to cook our sandwiches when the doors accidentally locked and we couldn’t get reach anyone with the keys. With only minutes to spare before volunteers showed up, he managed to get into kitchen and saved the deli! Had he not done so, we would have had to cancel our deli.
Simply stated, the dedication and the love that Joe puts into FeelGood warrant him to be the FeelGood Cheese Wiz of the Month for February….and every month.
This post is second in a three-part series of reflections from Dory Cooper, past president of FeelGood at the University of Vermont. In November 2014, Dory joined fellow FeelGooder Tim Baccaro (Stevens FeelGood ’15) on an investor trip to Bangladesh with The Hunger Project, one of our Commitment 2030 Fund partners. On February 5, they hosted a FeelGood LiveLab about their trip, which was recorded so you can check it out here.
So what’s going on in Bangladesh anyway? Where even is it? Are there tigers roaming the streets? Let’s take some time to go over some Bangladesh basics!
Our Commitment 2030 Fund partner Water For People is working on one of the most crucial issues facing our planet and therefore facing us: water.
Fresh, potable water is essential to life. It’s also incredibly scarce. Even though three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, less than one percent (0.007% to be exact) is accessible for human use. And that tiny percentage needs to serve the needs of an ever-growing human population—a near impossibility given the unsustainable way most of us currently use and consume water.
Partnership by definition is symbiotic. And the mutual benefit derived is a result of mutual investment, even if the currency is different. For months we’ve been excitedly focused on our Commitment 2030 Fund partners – The Hunger Project, CHOICE Humanitarian, The Pachamama Alliance, and Water For People – and how we’re financing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through investing money in their work.
This time, since partnership is a two-way street, let’s think about how we can better uphold our end of the bargain. If the SDGs are to succeed, everyone’s investment is required – not only of money, but of mindfulness. Let’s take a look at water.
Water. We can’t live without it. Yet for years we in the developed world have taken it for granted. Like a mother’s love, we’ve expected it to always be there. But now that’s changing, fast.
In California, we’re in our third year of the most serious drought in 500 years. For the first time, we’ve begun depleting our aquifers, the deep groundwater tables that have taken millennium to build up and that hold no-one-knows-how-much water. What we do know is that we’re taking it out of the aquifers faster than nature can replenish it. With California being one of the world’s major food producers, that’s a problem for everyone.
This post is first in a three-part series of reflections from Dory Cooper, past president of FeelGood at the University of Vermont. In November 2014, Dory joined fellow FeelGooder Tim Baccaro (Stevens FeelGood ’15) on an investor trip to Bangladesh with The Hunger Project, one of our Commitment 2030 Fund partners; they were selected as representatives of our movement because of demonstrated leadership locally and nationally.
In November, a generous investor in The Hunger Project (THP) who is also passionate about youth mobilization and leadership provided the opportunity of a lifetime: two sponsored spots on a THP investor trip to Bangladesh for FeelGood representatives! The opportunity was designed to deepen the relationship between FeelGood and THP, further leverage FeelGood’s potential to raise awareness of THP’s work, and ultimately to grow the movement to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.