By Isla Sheridan
“Students Assisting Students” (SAS) is a small volunteer organization with parents and kids of all ages. We have been helping local community colleges and universities for 11 years.
SAS is dedicated to providing college students in need with care bags filled with school supplies, life essentials, and a personalized note of encouragement. The goal is to ensure college students who are struggling with basic needs to maintain a positive experience at school while receiving some help from our group.
The care bags include comfort food such as mac and cheese and hot chocolate to help the college students during the school year. SAS wants students to feel accepted and loved by their community because it can be difficult to start college.
The members of SAS gather twice a year (once in the fall and once in the spring) at St. Michael Parish in Bedford.
The fall donation drive is happening right now and the packing day will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. The packing day is a great way to spend time with your kids (of any age) while making an impact. It is also an excellent way to obtain community service hours for Bedford high school students.
I volunteer with SAS because I am a student and know how difficult/stressful it can be during the school year. It is hard to imagine what it would feel like to not have the support of my family by my side. When I assemble a care bag, I feel honored to know I am helping someone in need. I believe that our world needs more empathetic people willing to put others first rather than themselves.
We thank the tremendous support that has been received from parent and student volunteers and local organizations such as St. Michael Parish and Callahan’s Karate Studio.
If you would like to support our organization, please donate goods to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4dabad2eabffc43-donation#/ or Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/Shirley-Fan-Chan (put a note in the comments: “SAS donation”).
Please email if you are interested in volunteering time: [email protected].
To learn more about the group, visit www.studentsassistingstudents.org.
Isla Sheridan is a freshman at Bedford High School.