In September, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette nonprofit organization Feed Clothe Serve (FCS) is having a packing party for homeless veterans at St. Joseph’s Diner.

“We will be packing bags with sanitary wipes, body wash, water, and easy to eat snacks,” said La’Dajah Fontenette, FCS’s president.

According to Fontenette, this organization was founded in 2016 by students at UL Lafayette in order to give back to the community, implement positive social change and provide aid.

“Our most recent service is collecting donations for those affected by Hurricane Laura. We want to help as much as we can so we collect supply items, clothing, and monetary donations to help families in need,” Fontenette said in an email.

FCS partnered with the Omega Eta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and set up donation boxes around campus in Baker Hall, Huger Hall, Corona Hall, Bonin Hall and Agnes Edwards Hall.

The organization is actively searching for new members and accepting donations, according to its website.

The advertised positions on their homepage are public relations for the campus chapter, membership chair for the campus chapter and fundraiser chair for the campus chapter. The training dates for these positions include Oct. 12, 15 and 16. However, they are always in need of volunteers for the events they attend or host.

They can also be found on Twitter (@ul_fcs), Instagram (@ulfcs) and Facebook (@feedclotheserve). Here, one can find a GoFundMe with a goal of $1,000.

“I am the president of Feed Clothe Serve,” Fontenette said. “My role as president is to create, develop and implement strategic plans for the organization in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

“A group of UL students were inspired to change their community. They were tired of seeing others who need help and people who were not willing to take that step. At first the organization aimed to help the homeless however now it helps the entire community.”

FCS partnered up with Giving Love, Acceptance, Safety and Support (GLASS) on June 13 to pass out sandwiches to the homeless, in which they were able to make 42 sandwich bags. FCS has also partnered with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity as well as GLASS during their donations to those affected but Hurricane Laura.

When Feed Clothe Serve was first founded, “the organization aimed to help the homeless however now it helps the entire community,” said Fontenette.

In May, the Black Faculty Staff Association of UL Lafayette awarded FCS with the 2020 Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program Award.

“Our vision is to inspire the world to always lend a hand to those in need. Through care bags, supply drives and our many give back events we are trying to lens a hand to anyone in need,” Fontenette said.

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