This weekend, we had our first on-campus service event! Our volunteers helped out at the Stanford Educational Farm by cleaning, drying, and storing previously harvested pumpkins, arranging flowers bouquets for Christmas wreaths, and planting beans alongside existing crops to enrich the soil. A few of us got showered in the rain halfway through, but the sun came out shortly afterward, shining us all with warmth. Thanks to all who came and volunteered with us!
The weekend before Thanksgiving, a group of us drove to Chico, CA to volunteer at the Disaster Relief Center with Tzu Chi Foundation, which provided aid and care to individuals and families impacted by the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Our volunteers helped impacted parties register for emergency cash aid and provided blankets to displaced persons in need of warm shelter.
For our first social of the year, we had a karaoke night, and it was a blast! We belted out our favorite tunes and sung our hearts out. We hope you all had fun!
Thanks to everyone who made it to our first flower arrangement workshop, taught by our beloved Tzuchi advisor, Munya Su! In this workshop, we learned about the history of flower arrangement and the ways we can practice mindfulness while making our bouquets, which we then gifted to members of the Stanford janitorial staff. As a group, we then discussed ways to practice mindfulness and embrace our cultural heritage in the diverse and fast-paced world we live in today.
Thanks to our volunteers for helping to prepare posters and other materials for GOALIE and the Activities Fair! Remember, GOALIE is September 21st at 12-2 PM in front of the Law School, and the Activities Fair is September 28 at 12-4 PM in White Plaza. If you have some free time, come help us recruit new members!
With fall quarter approaching, our website and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TzuChingStanford) have received a few updates. Be sure to check out the Events pages here on the site or on Facebook for a list of upcoming activities. I’ll also try to make a Google Calendar with TC events for those who prefer to use that system. Looking forward to a successful year!