Warsaw Sports Business Club members took part in two excellent community service opportunities early this winter. These events provided great ways for members to help give back to the community.
The first event was called “Next Gear: Ride Club.” Jesse Schwarz, the club’s vice-president of events and community involvement, worked with a small team of club members to coordinate the inaugural event of a series that will continue for approximately three months. The Ride Club is designed for the homeless youth of Eugene. Each Friday, Warsaw club members visit the Hosea Youth Services Center and go for bike rides with whoever is interested in participating. The event kicked off January 31 and we had five members from Hosea along with ten members from Warsaw on the first bike ride, which was about five miles.
The purpose of this weekly ride is to help people from Hosea advance to the next gear in their lives. By forming relationships with them we can help them achieve their goals. With only a little less than two weeks to plan this event, everyone showed their passion and commitment and came together as a team to make it a successful first day.
Since this is a bicycle event and we were not sure how many people from Hosea had their own bikes, we asked for help from local bike shops in Eugene. Simply Cycle and Blue Heron Bicycles together loaned the ride club four bikes for the duration of three months. These two bike shops, along with a few other businesses, donated prizes in which people from Hosea can win depending on how many bike rides they go on with us. We are very appreciative that local businesses in Eugene want to be a part of young people’s “next gear” in their lives and our event would not be as successful without their help.
I am glad that I am part of such an influential event and am able to be a helping hand to homeless young people in the Eugene community. I have gotten to know these people from Hosea by conversing with them and discovered that we share some similar goals. You can learn more about Hosea by visiting their website: http://www.hoseayouth.org/.
Club members gave back to the community at another event during the same weekend by volunteering at the Food for Lane County Garden. Not only were members able to showcase their incredible gardening skills, but we also honored David Stern’s retirement from position as the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association. Members helped out from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM and afterwards got the chance to try some of the amazing food grown in the garden.
I didn’t really know what to expect before arriving at the garden. I showed up wearing Toms shoes and a blouse, and once I saw people pushing wheelbarrows, shoveling, picking weeds, and wearing rubber boots, I was quickly directed to the “shoe-changing station.” With a quick change of attire, I was all ready to partake in the activities.
This was a great way for members to appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into growing nutritious food as well as to help people in our community. Food for Lane County Garden is a nonprofit food bank and is committed to eliminating hunger by helping create more access to food. They accept donations and also grow food in their own garden. They serve a diverse population of people living on limited incomes including families with children, seniors, and single adults. They are a successful organization that grows around 67,000 pounds of food each year. More information can be found here: http://www.foodforlanecounty.org/
It was a beautiful day to help out at the garden center while meeting members of the community and students from the Warsaw Center. Happy retirement, Commissioner Stern!
The reputation of the Warsaw Center and its members is built on passion, integrity, and leadership and we will take any opportunity to demonstrate these values by assisting our community.
Thanks for all of your hard work Warsaw members, Go Ducks!
Brandilyn Beutler ’15
Warsaw Sports Business Club Member