Posted: May 14, 2007
On March 26, students from the Mount Holyoke student organization SAAFE (Substance and Alcohol Awareness for Everyone) sowed a seed of significance in a neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts. They gave a donation of $438 to My Sister's House, an alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation center for women. An initiative of the Baystate Medical Center, My Sister's House has been a beacon of hope for many women and their children who have fallen victim to the negative effects of alcohol and other substances.
Funds for the donation were raised as part of an alcohol-free alternative Las Vegas Night event held during the fall of 2006. The event, called "Rolling for Sisters," included alcohol-free drinks, board games, food, and raffles. SAAFE organized the event as a way for students to have another option to the popular Las Vegas Night, where alcohol is served. The alternative event and the donations raised are some of the strategies SAAFE has used to increase awareness about the organization and its goals on the campus.
In the future, SAAFE hopes to continue to host the alternative Las Vegas Night as a way to support students and educate the campus about alcohol and other drug concerns.
For more information about SAAFE, contact health educator Karen Jacobus.