Wednesday, April 22, 2020

An active volunteer for UI Dance Marathon, marketing major Morgan Smith (BBA20) is no stranger to helping others. So even as she lost her on-campus jobs and suffered disappointment in her final weeks of college ending the way they did, she looked for ways to help.

Smith’s friend, Allie Stutting, founded the Iowa City Errand-ers in March after she saw a story on Twitter about an elderly couple who asked a community member to grocery shop for them because they were too scared to go in the store themselves. A local version was immediately started, and Smith signed up to run errands for older adults, those with compromised immune systems, and anyone else who needs help. She is now the group’s public relations co-director.

The group runs errands for free, but accepts donations through their GoFundMe page.

“My favorite part is feeling like I am contributing to a positive cause during a time of uncertainty,” she said. “I think a lot of us feel helpless during this time because there isn’t a lot we can do, but this allows me to help others in a small way.”

It says a lot about our campus that more than 400 students and community members have volunteered to help others during this pandemic through the Iowa City Errand-ers. As we always say, Hawks help Hawks.


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