St. Mary’s University in Minnesota creates toy drive for orphanage in Poland


High school students who wish to engage in community service may want to enroll in a college that offers volunteer opportunities. For example, a student at St. Mary's University in Minnesota started a fundraiser to support the orphanage where she and her three sisters grew up in Poland, according to the Winona Daily News.

Ania McNamara founded the Chotomow Children's Fundraiser after returning from a study-abroad trip, in which she reunited with a nun who took care of her in the orphanage, the news source reports.

"I feel connections back home," she told the media outlet. "I know this is something really important in my life that I want to continue."

McNamara raised more than $4,000 within the first year of operation, and eventually started a Christmas gift drive for the children as well. Each holiday season, volunteers work together to wrap the toys.

Eventually, McNamara said that she would like to start a nonprofit to increase aid to more orphanages in her home country.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of professionals who work for nonprofit organizations is expected to increase over the next several years.

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