A Workshop to Help the Hungry

Thursday, February 2, 2012

While some students busied themselves reading or tapping out assignments on computers in the Ingram Library recently, others grabbed brushes and picked out bowls.

While some students busied themselves reading or tapping out assignments on computers in the Ingram Library recently, others grabbed brushes and picked out bowls. They sat around a table and set about on their mission, to decorate the dishes in an effort to feed the hungry. The glazing workshop was for Empty Bowls of Carroll County. The bowls will be up for sale at an upcoming annual fundraiser. The proceeds will go to the Carroll County Soup Kitchen.

Carol Boyd, director of Empty Bowls of Carroll County, said the fundraising effort started about 20 years ago in the Upper Midwest. From there, the grassroots effort spread internationally.

“I had visited my sister in Texas one year and attended an Empty Bowls event and thought it would be good to bring it to the area,” Byrd said.

UWG students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the workshop.

“The soup kitchen is important to support,” said Angela Pashia, the instructional services outreach librarian. She is responsible for creating events that will foster student involvement.

The Empty Bowls of Carroll County fundraiser will be on Feb. 26 at the Carroll County Agricultural Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will buy a bowl for $10 and enjoy soups from area restaurants. Entertainment will be provided. There will also be raffle prizes, an art auction and a boutique table.

For more information on Empty Bowls of Carroll County, go to www.carrollcountyemptybowls.org or on Facebook.

If you are interested in getting involved or volunteering with Empty Bowls, send an email to Melissa Astin at happychickenlips79@gmail.com.

For more information on the Empty Bowls project go to http://www.lightonecandle.com/ebowls.html.