Making A Difference In Saint Louis
By Jaclyn French
I joined Challah for Hunger during my sophomore year at Washington University in Saint Louis, hoping to find a fun way to engage with the Jewish community on campus, meet new people, and scratch my baking itch outside of my tiny dorm kitchen. Little did I know that my favorite takeaway would be the fundraising itself. Remembering that our hard work was going to power a good cause kept me motivated, even when baking and selling were challenging.
This discovery drove my recent job search, looking for a position that would bring those Challah values of philanthropy and social justice into the professional world. Luckily, I found just the position! I recently started as the Event Assistant at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Saint Louis, coordinating donor events and managing third-party fundraisers. I’m able to use skills that I developed through Challah–organization, event planning, volunteer management–to help the families of seriously ill children find a “home away from home.” I might not get to bake challah every week anymore, but I do get to go to work every day knowing that I’m making a difference.
Jaclyn French, Cfh Alumna of Washington University in Saint Louis became involved with Challah for Hunger her sophomore year of college. She first served as a volunteer and then as Treasurer/Sales Manager. She graduated in May 2013 with a major in Anthropology and minors in Arabic and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Jaclyn advises CfH at University of Puget Sound and CfH at Indiana.