There are many opportunities to volunteer at Berry and
around Rome. I volunteered throughout high school, so when I came to college I
was excited about the new opportunities. Berry has a volunteer fair early in
the fall semester with dozens of organizations present.
However, I do have a few personal favorites from my four
years in Rome. I love Buddy Break, an organization that trains volunteers to
watch disabled kids while their parents take a break and get some rest. I also
love Young Moms, a support group for
teenage moms that provides resources, advice and help.
But my favorite organization? One founded by a Berry student,
Brin Enterkin. The African SOUP!
The Sponsorship of Orphans in Uganda Project (SOUP) supports
orphans in the village of Isiti, Uganda. We provide housing, healthcare, food
and education for over 300 kids. We organize several events at Berry throughout
the year—including a SOUP-Off (soup competition for clubs and individuals) and
dinner parties. Now the SOUP is expanding to other college campuses, but the
main charter is still at Berry.
It’s amazing to me that I can be a part of something that’s
changing a village across the world. The SOUP staff incorporate the best of
Berry in many ways—students eager to work, with a passion and a vision for
ministering to others. The blend of enthusiastic optimism and practical goals
make SOUP one of the most unique organizations I’ve ever worked with.
So if you come to Berry, be sure to check out the SOUP
staff—and bring your mom’s recipe for the SOUP-Off!