Fairfield Middle School DoSomething.org club wears a social good hat of many colors. The Richmond, VA teens not only strutted down the runway for homeless youth, but also collected coats, and expanded their garden project that will provide food to those in need. Check out their amazeballs interview below!
DoSomething.org: Who/what inspired you to create (or join) a DoSomething.org club?
FMS: We started the Do Something Club at Fairfield Middle because we wanted to make a positive difference in our community! We collected 1,956 pairs of jeans through our Teens for Jeans Drive this year. We also ran a Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive and have a garden project that provides food for those in need.
DS: What makes your club unique?
FMS: Our club consists of 50 student members that have contributed an average of 750 community service hours each year. Our school serves an at-risk population, yet our students continue to go above and beyond to GIVE BACK.
DS: What is the most kickass project you've done so far?
FMS: The Teens for Jeans drive is our most awesome project. We host a fashion show each year to collect jeans and raise awareness about youth homelessness in our community. Our three year total is almost 5,000 pairs of jeans collected!
Our "FMS East End Community Garden" project is also at the top of our list. We just received a grant to expand our garden so we can provide fresh food for our community.
DS: Did you face any challenges trying to complete this project? Were you able to overcome them? If so, how?
FMS: The garden project was the most challenging because we didn’t have any money, just a vision. We were able to secure a grant to build our garden and then we got a lot of community partners to volunteer and now we are able to make a huge impact where it is needed most.
DS: Any advice for students looking to take action around issues they care about?
FMS: You have a voice and you can use it to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. You are never too young to be heard!