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Edom Tsegaye
Spring 2012

TsegayeEdom 150x130My name is Edom Tsegaye. I am a Finance major and a Sociology minor. Imagine going for days or even weeks without food in your stomach. The weak feeling eventually becomes unbearable; ultimately leading to death. Food poverty is an epidemic throughout the world. In Westchester County alone, 200,000 people are hungry or at the risk of hunger. Acknowledging these statistics, I became eager to do anything at any cost to minimize the number of food poverty victims.

I was beyond elated when I discovered that the Duchesne Center would be coordinating a community service program with the Westchester County Emergency Food Network—Food Bank. I knew that it was my opportunity, so I took on the student coordinator position for that particular community service program. It was my chance to donate service to the community. Although doing volunteer work was all that I could contribute, I was interested in learning about those who donate and the ways in which people can donate to the organization. Therefore, I decided to do the 4th credit option and tie my experience and research with the Investment Analysis course I was taking.

During my first day at the Food Bank, I couldn't believe my eyes as I saw a warehouse filled with donated foods. Boxes after boxes had been sorted by food type. I had been embraced with joy; thinking of all of the hungry people who will be provided with meals. I was also informed that organizations and individuals donate funds via mutual funds, 401k accounts, and bank accounts. This is where the things that I was taught in my Investment Analysis class came into play to help me understand how the transfer of money from donors to the Food Bank is possible. In summary, the American writer, Orison Swett, once said, "We must give more in order to get more; it is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest." The hours that I put into this volunteer work rewarded me with the quintessential definition of happiness.