MSWSA Open Baskets Volunteer Day a Huge Success!
Once again, the MSW Student Association had a great turn-out for their annual Open Baskets volunteer day.
Students, faculty, staff, friends and family joined other volunteers for a morning of inspiration and volunteerism, assembling holiday gift baskets for neighbors living with a mental illness.
Since 2005, Open Baskets has partnered with Mental Health Resources, "filling the hearts, minds, and souls of our neighbors who live with a mental illness." For many, these baskets are the only gift they receive each year. This year, Open Baskets will distribute 1600 holiday baskets for adults and 200 for children - this represents over 51,000 individual items worth over $125k!
In addition to sponsorships & donations, Open Baskets raises money through its annual Dash-it-for-Baskets 5k. Join the MSWSA on May 14th, 2016 for our 4th year of supporting this event. Last year Open Baskets raised $13k - this year the goal is $25k! Help by creating a team and seeking pledges or by volunteering with the race. More info to come!
More photos from Open Baskets can be seen on the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work Facebook Page»