In honor of Women’s History Month, one of Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU’s) registered student organizations (RSOs) is holding a bra drive throughout the month of March.
FEME stands for Femxle Empowerment and Multicultural Education. It is an organization to empower female and female-leaning persons on campus and in the surrounding community.
The goal of FEME is to provide academic support, professional development, multicultural education, and mentorship for such individuals.
This year marks FEME’s fourth annual bra drive during Women’s History Month.
McKenzie Van Slambrook is a fourth-year social work major. She is also the philanthropy chair of FEME, meaning she coordinates service events for the RSO.
“In the past, the most bras FEME has collected during a drive was close to 300,” Van Slambrook said. “We take pride in the consistent levels of engagement we receive from the SVSU community.”
FEME’s goal for this year’s bra drive is to collect at least 300 bras.
Collected bras will be donated to Mustard Seed Women’s Shelter, located in Saginaw.
The bra drive was originally developed by Jessica Davis, who is currently vice president of FEME.
She chose to support Mustard Seed Women’s Shelter during the first bra drive, and FEME has continued its partnership with the shelter since then.
“We appreciate and fully support [Mustard Seed Women’s Shelter’s] mission of sustaining women who experience homelessness and poverty,” Van Slambrook said.
SVSU students can participate in the bra drive by donating new or gently-used bras at one of several drop-off locations until March 31. All sizes and styles of bras are accepted.
Donation boxes are marked with bright FEME fliers and can be found outside of Zahnow Library, inside Student Life, at the entrance of the Ryder Center, on the second floor of Brown Hall, at the front desks of Living Center South, Living Center Southwest and MJB, and the laundry rooms of University Village and Pine Grove. These numerous locations around campus were chosen to make the drive accessible to as many students as possible.
FEME encourages SVSU students and staff to reach out to friends and family members who may be willing or interested in donating. The organization appreciates anything that anyone is willing to give and is immensely grateful for SVSU’s support of the bra drive.
“We greatly appreciate the support that the SVSU community has continuously shown the bra drive every year,” Van Slambrook said.
If students have questions, concerns, or want more information, they can visit FEME’s Engage page, email them at email@example.com, or contact Van Slambrook directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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