Caroline Rhodes '15 and Kevin Martin, pastor of Celebration Lutheran Church
Randolph-Macon College has a long tradition of giving back to the community.
Caroline Rhodes ’15 exemplifies that commitment to helping others.
Rhodes, an economics/business and
accounting major and
ethics minor, recently organized a pasta dinner at Celebration Lutheran
Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee—near her hometown of Lebanon, Tennessee—to raise
money for R-MC’s Stop Hunger
Now (SHN) project. The SHN project supports school feeding programs and
international crisis relief.
“Last year, I asked my congregation for donations for R-MC’s Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging
event, and they really stepped up, donating about $500,” says Rhodes, a member of
R-MC's Service Fellows
program. The Service Fellows program is a multi-year experience that integrates
direct service opportunities with instruction, reflection, and exploration of the
contexts and root causes of social needs.
“This year, I wanted to host a pasta dinner to involve my congregation in the process
again, and they set their own goal to at least out-raise last year,” says Rhodes.
“I picked up the vegetables from the Nashville Farmers’ Market and made the sauce
at home. Everything went really well, and we are looking forward to holding a similar
event again next year, and for years to come. My congregation loves Stop Hunger
Now and everything Randolph-Macon has done to promote this great cause.”
Rhodes calls the meal—penne and red sauce with a side of sautéed vegetables and
a slice of bread—“a simple meal for a wonderful cause. We raised more than $1,000.”
For the past three years, Rhodes has been the recipient of the
George W. Wellde Jr. '74 and Patricia A. Wellde Scholarship, which was established
in 2001 through gifts from George W. Wellde Jr. '74 and his wife Patricia. Preference
may be given to a student majoring in or who intends to major in economics or business.
2013 Stop Hunger Now Event
The money will be used to purchase meals that volunteers will package at this year’s
SHN event on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the
Brock Sports and Recreation Center. To donate online, click on
R-MC Stop Hunger Now.
“Our goal this year is $5,000, which would allow for us to package more than 20,000
meals,” says Jayme Watkins, R-MC’s coordinator of co-curricular programs, the SERVE program and
student organizations. Watkins also serves
as the advisor for the Service Fellows and co-advises the
Panhellenic Council. “We also need volunteers to help package food, and
I encourage students, faculty, staff and community members to sign up by emailing
me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Jan Rivero, university relations director for top Hunger Now headquarters in Raleigh,
North Carolina, says that colleges and universities are vital to the vision and
mission of SHN.
“Stop Hunger Now works with partners around the world, building a movement to end
hunger in our lifetime,” she says. “College students play an important role in that
mission because of their passion, their visionary leadership and their tenacity.
Because most major culture shifts begin on college campuses, we are delighted to
be gaining momentum with young adults across the country. We expect to package about
3 million meals on campuses in 2013. Working together we can end hunger!”
For Rhodes, the pasta-dinner fundraiser is just one of the ways she reaches out
“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to spend my life serving others, and
the issue of hunger is now my primary focus,” she says. “Stop Hunger Now is the
perfect organization for me; it provides nutritious food for those who need it most,
and it’s a great way for students, faculty and staff to get involved. I may be a
full-time college student, but I can help feed the hungriest of the world’s hungry.
Together, we really can make a difference.”