Fall 2023

Type of Culminating Activity

Student research paper


This service learning project recognized the needs for warmer clothing for disadvantaged children that they genuinely wanted and would wear. Oftentimes, children who are in the care of the state for any purpose are children that have suffered trauma and loss. Not only loss of their possessions, but their families, friends and stability. I partnered with a non-profit organization, The Closet, that gives these children back their ability to choose clothing items that fit their style and helps them to gain back a piece of their identity. I created the Helping Hoodies clothing drive that ran for a week in November, collecting gently used and new hoodies and sweatshirts. I accomplished this through social media posts, flyers, donation bins, personal correspondence and solicitation. I created and produced two different flyers and a QR code directing people to The Closet’s website and mission. I then collected the items and donated them, washed, sorted and sized back to The Closet to be chosen by the disadvantaged teenage clients she serves.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies


Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.


© 2023, Nicole Hawkinson.



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