Sometimes the most meaningful ideas can reveal themselves in a casual class setting.
Just last Wednesday, Luca Cianfarani, a student of mine in BUS100, brought forward an idea for how we could make an impact on the homeless community around TRSM and Ryerson University. The idea was to distribute care packages to the community around us as the weather gets colder.
From that small idea, together with the outstanding support of Professors David Schlanger and Cindy Mason, BUS100 Lead Facilitator Natasha Nesrine, the Ted Rogers Students’ Society, many faculty members, and our passionate students, an initiative grew and far exceeded our expectations… in just one week!
The event turned out to be a great success, considering we were unsure about how many people would show up and if the fall weather would cooperate. Overall, the objective of the initiative was met: we empowered our students to give back to their community and take time to acknowledge the many people we walk by every day: the homeless.
Tonight our BUS 100 students are heading out into the streets of #Toronto to deliver care packages to our city’s #homeless population. Inspired by a first year student and his BUS 100 facilitator learning they both went to the same high school and shared a similar experience, they decided to activate other BUS 100 students to help them give back once again. We are always so inspired by the incredible ways #TRSM students engage their community. You are all stars! ⭐️ #ThisIsTRSM #Ryerson #RyersonCares
How is this different from any other student sandwich drive? Because in just one week, we managed to assemble 200 care packages (which included a water bottle, granola bar, apple, “hotties” hand warmers, and a piece of chocolate) and gathered almost 100 caring students who were eager to get outside and contribute to our community. We called this pilot project the Care Package for the Homeless Delivery Initiative.
It was a special thing to see a single student create a spark that positively ignited everyone around him. No one assigned Luca the task of thinking about the homeless community – he recognized a need and decided he wanted to help.
Through an outpouring of generosity and support, TRSM made its presence felt in our larger community on the streets of Toronto, a city we all love.
Furthermore, as someone who spearheaded the initiative, I am so proud to be a part of a school that provides the resources and support to take an idea and quickly make something amazing happen. After such a successful first event, I hope we can come together as a TRSM family again to help our surrounding community!