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April 2022 Volume 1, Issue 3

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Lynn McLane holding one of her many blankets she donated for the BraveHeart Blanket Drive

BraveHeart Center for Place and Purpose Warm Hearts Blanket Drive

BraveHeart Center for Place and Purpose is a joint outreach program of the Auburn University Social Work Program in the College of Liberal Arts and First Presbyterian Church of Auburn. The mission of BCPP is to provide a place where individuals with disabilities are offered comprehensive opportunities for continued growth in the areas of health and fitness, academia, life and job skills, community outreach, and creative arts exploration. It creates a place that is sensitive to the need for safety, the importance of belonging, the benefit of consistent daily routine and creates a purpose for those who would otherwise be excluded from full participation in the adult community. The purpose of the blanket drive is to build community through a partnership with BCPP to provide blankets to those facing cold days and nights, who are sick, elderly, and with limited financial resources.

Lynn McLane, a retiree from California and OLLI member, donated two boxes of handmade crocheted blankets to the blanket drive. While isolated in her home during the pandemic, Lynn did not have much to do so she started crocheting blankets, the more she was in the house, the more she crocheted. As she says, “I got obsessed with crocheting.”  While crocheting, she knew that she wanted to give the blankets to someone for a good cause but was not sure who she would give them to. So, when Scott Bishop, Director for OLLI, informed the participates in OLLI about the drive, she knew that they would go to a good cause. Lynn did not hesitate to deliver the blankets to OLLI. While Lynn is waiting for the next semester of course offerings for OLLI, she is currently crocheting baby blankets and embroidering towels. When Lynn is not sewing or crocheting, she enjoys baking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Three women sitting holding stuffed animal bears

Outreach Global receives stuffed animal donations

Outreach Global Office received stuffed animals from the Crawfordville United Methodist Women’s Fellowship on March 7, 2022 in the O.D. Smith Hall lobby. The stuffed animals were donated to support Outreach Global’s annual healthcare program in Ghana, West Africa.

JoAnn Laney, President, and Linda Self, Secretary, of the Crawfordville United Methodist Women’s fellowship presented the stuffed animals to Dr. Elizabeth Quansah at a brief ceremony in O.D. Smith Hall. Special thank you to Dianne Pope, Treasurer, and the entire women’s fellowship at the Crawfordville United Methodist Women’s for their support.

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APRIL 6, 2022, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Join OLLI as Rich Guether presents "Auburn University Campus Planning and Capital Projects Update."


APRIL 8, 2022, 10 AM-1 PM

The Global Community Day Festival kick-off event will take place at the Jule Collins Smith Museum and feature many interactive activities.

Tori Ho - portrait used sitting indoors wearing blazer and white shirt


Name: Tori Ho

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Master of Public Administration and Master of Community Planning

Hometown: Decatur, AL

Role in Outreach: I am a graduate assistant working on a grant funded project through the Financial Health Network. The project is to secure government-issued identification for individuals who are incarcerated upon release. I have assisted in convening state agencies and nongovernmental organizations for a system mapping of the current process to secure identification for these individuals. Throughout the project, I have assisted in creating an improved pathway of the process to implement during a pilot with the Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama Department of Youth Services, and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office county jail. There are 30 individuals who will participate in the pilot program and receive a certified copy of their birth certificate, social security card (if needed), and an Alabama nondriver’s identification card. The ultimate goal is to improve the current system and soften the landing for these individuals upon release. Additionally, an identification card is the predictor to reducing recidivism as it is necessary for employment, housing, financial resources, post secondary education, and more.

Backpack International Incorporated logo orange backpack with school supplies and stamps from various continents


"Backpack International started by giving backpacks to children in Guyana. We soon realized the need was just as great locally and in other countries such as Mexico and Belize. We shifted to serve our local area of Lee County in Alabama by partnering with others to provide backpacks and food to those in need. Each year our goal is to expand to more countries."

Backpack International began in 2016 when president and founder, Oslyn Rodriguez visited her native country Guyana, South America for her grandfather's birthday. While there, she noticed that the children were in real need of basic items, so she made note of what she saw and began to brainstorm.

"Our goal at Backpack International is to provide families in need by blessing them with essentials, from donating a meal to a local family or a backpack filled with school supplies and toiletries."

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