Newly elected philanthropy chair Amanda Polanski kicks of a semester of community service

Spring semester brings the election of the new executive board members and chair positions in the Minnesota Evans Scholars chapter.

Among the newly elected leaders of the house is the freshman philanthropy chair Amanda Polanski. Amanda is a biology student hoping to pursue a career in genetic counseling. Gaining leadership in the chapter will be an important step for her in preparation for graduate school and her future career.

Amanda wasted no time diving into her new position. As her first order of business, she organized a group volunteering event at People Serving People, the largest family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota.

People serving people helps homeless and at-risk families manage crisis situations and build a strong foundation for long-term success. Amanda said that she chose this facility to volunteer at because "as Evans Scholars, we are familiar with adversity and understand the difference that the belief and support of others who care can have on a person's life. Because of this, and our desire to serve the community we live in, volunteering at People Serving People was the perfect way to kick off a semester of community service."

A group of seven Scholars participated in the event, where they were on the "building beautification team." The Scholars cleaned floors, windows, public socialization areas and folded/sorted laundry for the facility.

"It was a fun event, and a good way to connect with our community, I hope that we can continue to work with them," said sophomore Sam Likar.

For the rest of her term as philanthropy chair, Amanda said that her goal is to "create opportunities for our chapter to build connections with one another, while also connecting with the greater community in which we live."

She said that she aims to create volunteer opportunities that serve a variety of people and give Scholars an opportunity to participate in events with which they can personally connect.

Amanda has already scheduled volunteering events at Feed My Starving Children and a blood drive for the semester. We look forward to participating in more fun events this year that can help us to give back to a community that has given so much to us.