On February 12 in Mithat Çoruh Auditorium, the Social Awareness Projects (TDP) student organization held its first meeting of the spring semester with new volunteers, introducing them to the group’s ongoing projects.
TDP is in its 15th year, and its members invite all Bilkenters to join the TDP family and be a part of their endeavors for a better society. Besides wanting you as a volunteer, they are very interested in hearing your suggestions and comments.
Students who are taking GE250/251 can earn points for the course by volunteering with them. Therefore, this could be a good time for you to join TDP, work for social justice and in addition have a chance to get the points you need. Even if you didn’t attend the meeting, there’s good news: it’s not too late, because TDP still welcomes all students to join.
This semester TDP offers 15 different projects for new volunteers: the Voluntary Teaching Project (Gönüllü Eğitim Projesi), the Child Care Centers Project (Yarınları Yetiştirme Projesi), the Nursing Homes Project (Manevi Evlat Projesi), the Education for the Blind Project (Görme Engelliler Eğitim Projesi), the Railway Line Support Project (Demiryolu Hattı Destek Projesi), the International Project Group (Uluslararası Proje Grubu), the Sun Rises From the Village (Güneş Köyden Doğuyor), Hearts: 1 Leukemia: 0 (Kalpler: 1 Lösemi: 0), the Computer Training Project (Bilgisayar Eğitim Projesi), the Young Vision Project (Genç Bakış Projesi), the Streetlamp Project (Sokak Lambası Projesi), the Friendships Without Disabilities Project (Engelsiz Dostluklar Projesi), the University Personnel Support Project (Üniversite Personeline Destek Projesi), the Citizens of Hope Project (Umudun Yurttaşları Projesi) and the Youth Band (Gençlik Kumpanyası).
Volunteering gives you a chance to change lives, including your own. If you are feeling depressed, can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel or have lost hope because of all the news about disasters, illiteracy and orphaned children, volunteering to help can be a great way to cope. If you would like to support a cause but can’t afford to donate money, you can donate your time instead with TDP.
By Özge Ege Altan (ELIT/II)