Action Commitment Updates In Brief provide a summary of a volunteer activity that was undertaken as a result of Finding the Center Conference 2011.
Ellen McKenzie and Julie Miller, each a staff member and student at the University of Idaho, organized a Bead for Life event at the Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow, ID. Bead for Life is a non-profit organization based in Colorado that partners with women living in impoverished areas of Uganda. Bead for Life helps the women sell their beaded jewelry so they can provide nutritious food, shelter, medical care, and education for themselves and their families. Each bead is hand-rolled from paper by the women. McKenzie and Miller got permission from Roger Rowley, the director of the Prichard Gallery, to hold a three-hour sale of the jewelry on Thursday, July 28th. They also sold the jewelry in advance from their offices at the university to cater to their fellow staff who couldn’t attend the event, earning $1100 before July 28th. Ellen and Julie found great satisfaction in raising funds as well as educating their customers about the lives of the Ugandan women. They hope to start a Bead for Life Club at the University of Idaho to extend their efforts into the 2011-2012 school year.
Ellen McKenzie and Julie Miller earned credit at the University of Idaho by participating in Finding the Center Conference through a workshop offered by the UI Department of Sociology’s Certificate in Diversity & Stratification.