The Board of Directors for Saline Area Social Service has selected Grace Dillon, Josh Finn and Olivia Helmer to serve as non-voting Student Representatives who will represent the voice and interests of Saline Students and will serve for the current academic year.
In addition to participating in Saline Area Social Service Board meetings, each student representative is committed to community service and leading special projects throughout the year that initiate advocacy for Saline Area Social Service and those in the Saline community who need extra assistance and resources.
When asked why she was interested in becoming a SASS Student Rep this year, Grace Dillon states, “Saline Area Social Service provides so much help to people living in need in Saline, I look forward to having more opportunities to be involved and give back to the community in a meaningful way.”
During this month as we enter into the holiday season, Dillon, Finn and Helmer are leading a holiday drive effort that will be focused on raising gift donations for older children (ages 11-16). “When donating toys for the holidays, it’s often easier to purchase toys for toddlers or young children,” says Student Rep, Olivia Helmer. “But we also want to help and provide positive memories for these older kids too.”
Dillon, Finn and Helmer are working hard on building awareness and involvement by encouraging students, parents, faculty and the community to join them in their effort. “In meeting with a number of student groups at school to promote the Holiday Drive, I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to pull people together for a greater cause right here within our own community,” said Student Rep, Josh Finn.
The SASS Student Rep Holiday Gift Drive will take place at the Saline High School from December 2nd through December 13th.
Saline Area Social Service is 100% community-funded and is the only organization in Saline that provides comprehensive services to our clients, providing up to 8 meals and emergency assistance to more than 300 people each week. SASS clients reside within the boundaries of the Saline Area School District and fall within the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines: 40% of our clients are children, and of our total adult clients, 41% are women; 43% work part-time or low paying jobs; 24% disabled and 19% seniors.