Water Buffalo Goal in Sight
Penn State York students, faculty, and staff have raised enough money for one water buffalo and are on their way to two thanks to the efforts of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Ann Fetterman, instructor in English and the point person for volunteer activities on campus. Fetterman approached the SGA several weeks ago about going global with service projects and getting involved with the Heifer Project, an international organization which helps hungry families feed themselves. Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for more than 60 years.
Penn State York’s fundraising activities have included selling scoops of ice cream and animal crackers at the noon hour, selling pins with photos of animals on them such as Love a Llama, and just collecting general donations.
The money gathered so far ($379 as of Friday, Nov. 10) will go toward the Lusime Women’s Draft Cattle Project in Zambia. The goal of this project is to provide 20 women and their families with 43 draft cattle and training to improve household food security and income through sustainable animal management. The campus is hoping to reach $500 to provide two animals.
If you’d like to donate to the project, cash or checks can be dropped off in the Bursar’s office, Penn State Bookstore. Student Affairs Office, or the Lee R. Glatfelter Library. Sales of animal crackers, pins, and animal photos will continue next week on Nov. 15 and 16 at noon outside the Lion’s Den in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. at the campus. Help Penn State York help others to feed themselves.
Fetterman has organized many campus service projects including Habitat for Humanity Days, collecting peanut butter and jelly for the Salvation Army, and gathering groups to work at Our Daily Bread. Penn State York students, faculty, and staff contribute to the community throughout the year.