By Natalie Gates, Staff Writer
On Feb. 22, St. John Fisher College is joining Ellen Degeneres and Cheerios in their One Million Acts of Good campaign to spread kindness throughout the country.
The campaign focuses on helping people in need including children, seniors, veterans, flood victims and others. This is an ongoing effort that allows people or groups accross the country to submit or nominate someone doing an act of good.
Fisher is joining that effort by assembling and distributing 300 MATTERboxes to places in the Rochester community. Andrea Maccarone, the director of Dining Services, encourages all students to get involved.
“I think that Fisher students are unique and spreading their warmth, and if we can encourage younger students to embrace the community we can instill good in individuals,” said Maccarone. “Making a difference in someone’s life is just so needed in today’s society.”
Cheerios’ owner General Mills contacted the higher education company Chartwells, which Lackmann is a part of, to help spread acts of good. Seven regions of Chartwells are participating in the campaign and seven colleges are participating within our region; Adelphi, Hofstra, Pace University Pleasantville Campus, Sacred Heart, Manhattanville and Quinnipiac.
A team of Fisher students met to narrow the decisions on where to distribute the MATTERboxes. Bethany House, Nativity Prep, School 29, School 58, School 5 and Nazareth Elementary will all receive boxes.
Students had the opportunity to volunteer on Feb. 22 to put together boxes and get involved in the community.
Sports teams, Service Scholars and Student Government Association (SGA) members will all be present for the packing event in Wilson Formal.
There will be photo opportunities to spread the good on social media using the hashtags #goodgoesround, #Fishercares, #Ellen, #cheerios, and #OneMillionActsOfGood. Be sure to follow @ellenshow and @cheerios for the chance to be recognized by the Ellen show.
Maccarone is thrilled to be involved in an opportunity like this and would like Fisher students to spread the ‘you matter’ message together.