A little spare change can go a long way toward helping someone in need.
With that in mind, the University of Southern Mississippi Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hoping for a lucrative payoff from the “Spare Change: Spare the Children” Coin Drive Week set for Sept. 19-25.
Conference USA has challenged each institutional SAAC to participate in a coin drive effort to raise money for the non-profit organization of its choice. The Southern Miss SAAC is teaming with Homes of Hope for Children, a local non-profit group that builds houses and provides children in need with loving families that offer physical, mental and spiritual support. Homes of Hope is currently raising funds to build the Girls Cottage, which will house parents, as well as seven disadvantaged girls, from the Hattiesburg area.
The SAAC will kick off the coin drive Saturday, Sept. 19 when the Southern Miss football team takes on the University of Virginia at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Change receptacles will be located at the stadium but the primary drop-off spot will be the fountain located in Shoemaker Square on campus.
In fact, members of the SAAC are urging students, faculty, staff and friends of the university to “fill the fountain” with spare change over the weeklong fund-raising drive.
“We are so excited about the opportunity to help Homes of Hope raise money for the Girls Cottage that is under construction,” said Lauren Hillman, academic counselor/life skills coordinator in the Student Academic Enhancement Program at Southern Miss. “The community plays such a huge part in the success of our athletic programs, anytime we are able to give back and contribute locally we jump at the opportunity.”
Hillman, who also serves as the SAAC adviser, points out that coin cans will also be placed at several other locations on the Southern Miss campus. Anyone wishing to make larger donations should contact her at 601-266-5472.
“Many of our student-athletes love investing in the lives of children,” said Hillman. “And who knows, some of the children benefiting from Homes of Hope could be Golden Eagles one day.”
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.