UTCares provides helping hand

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When staff at United Township High School realized many students either could not afford or get access to daily items, this problem sparked an idea to create the UTCares program, featuring a room stocked with clothing items and food staples that are all provided free of charge to students in need. (Photo by Nicole Boodhoo)

by Nicole Boodhoo

When staff at United Township High School realized many students either could not afford or get access to daily items, this problem sparked an idea to create the UTCares program, featuring a room stocked with clothing items and food staples that are all provided free of charge to students in need.

Currently staffed by Ms. Summer Smith, Mrs. Kim Whitbeck, and Ms. Jill Sanders-Colgan, “UTCares room serves between 20 to 40 students per week” who are unable to “receive necessary life essentials,” according to Ms. Colgan-Sanders.

Summer Smith started the UTCares project in 2017, and the program officially began in 2018. Ms. Colgan-Sanders believes this project has “positively impacted” the lives of students in need at United Township, and she hopes the program will continue its work for many years.

The public has the ability to help UTCares expand their resources as well. Jill Sanders-Colgan states, “Our community has been very supportive in and out of United Township. The outpouring of support has been awesome. We are always taking donations, and we will never turn anything away.”

Public support is greatly appreciated and will positively change the lives of many students in need.

If there are any questions on how to help the amazing UTCares program, please contact Jill Sanders-Colgan, Matt Wright, Kim Whitbeck, or Summer Smith through the United Township school webpage.

Any students willing to help the program can directly contribute donations by going to the UTCares room located in Room 200 South.

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