Community Yard Sale A Success
by Michael A. Smith - June 1, 2018
On May 12, Newberry College Community Students and members of the Panhellenic Council came together to hold a community yard sale for their adopted philanthropy, Circle of Sisterhood.This event was an effort felt by the entire Newberry College campus, as the Panhellenic Council was able to raise over $1,100. All the proceeds from the event were donated to The Circle of Sisterhood Organization. Circle of Sisterhood is a non-profit organization found and powered by sorority women on a mission to raise financial and resources to help remove education barriers for girls and women facing poverty and oppression.
During the weeks of moving out, students, faculty and staff donated their gently used or unwanted items to the cause. Donations came in from the first day of the collection until the day before the yard sale. “We did not expect to receive so many donations,” said Katelyn Heard, member of the Panhellenic Council of Newberry College and Philanthropy chair women. “We appreciated all the support that we reached from theNewberry College family.”
Panhellenic Council was made aware of this event and since it has been several years since the last yard sale, felt it was time for the yard sale to return to help and bring together the Newberry Community. Circle of Sisterhood and National Panhellenic Council have been working together since 2012. “I am impressed with the dedication of the Panhellenic Women with this project,” said Dean of Students, Dr. Sandra Rouse. “They developed and ran with the idea from start to finish, and I could not be prouder of their efforts to create positive change in the world.”
The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Collectively, they are one of the largest communities of college-educated women in the world while not even seven percent of the world–men and women combined–have college degrees, and two-thirds of all illiterate adults are women. Standing together as one community, they give girls and women an equal chance for rewarding lives and livelihoods through schooling, the learning of a trade,or even a college degree. Due to the success of the event, the Newberry College Panhellenic Council plans to hold this event every annually. The yard sale is tentatively scheduled for April or May of 2019. For more information about this event, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Greek Life at Newberry College.