A21 Campaign: Volunteer Opportunity
A21 Campaign, October’s Engage partner, aims to abolish injustice and human trafficking in the 21st century.
“Though human trafficking is a global issue,” Julie Jongsma, service learning coordinator, remarks, “most people don’t realize how prevalent it is within the United States.”
In addition to volunteering or interning with A21, students may write a letter to a recent survivor, spread awareness via wearing A21 apparel, raise funds, write to government officials and follow A21’s hero blog.
Students interested in volunteering should contact Julie Jongsma, service learning coordinator, in the Brewer Center or visit the A21 website’s 21 Ways to get involved. A global organization, A21 focuses on prevention through awareness and educational programs, protection through shelters and transitional homes, prosecution through providing legal counsel to victims and partnerships with law enforcers and the community.
“Sometimes it’s easier to focus on other countries’ problems,” said Jongsma, “but the truth is human trafficking takes place in the United States, in the state of South Carolina, and in the Charleston area.”
At the 7 p.m. volleyball game on Oct. 24, there will be t-shirts promoting A21, a fundraiser and a chance to hear more about the work of A21 and how to get engaged. Students interested in volunteering with an A21 conference on Oct. 18 or at the A21 center in Charleston should contact Jongsma or visit the A21 website.
Engage encourages a spirit of service between the CSU family and the local community. Matthew 20:28 states, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”