Alumna working to mobilize churches, students to fight hunger

Mon, 2012-10-01 08:00 -- univcomm
October 1, 2012

Anderson University alumna Meaghan Crump is working to connect her peers with a cause for which she has a contagious passion. As the event coordinator for Change This World, Crump has been back at AU and at local churches in the Anderson community, where she has teamed up with students to fight hunger.

One such student was recent AU grad Evan Cottle, a Bible and religion major who served last year as president of Avanti Boosters. Cottle had a vision for all of AU’s social clubs to use their strength in numbers and come together for a greater cause. In 2010, Cottle participated in the packing of meals at the International Youth Convention in Orlando. He contacted Crump to coordinate an event of packaging meals on campus, which brought the cause to life at AU.

“We see and hear about the hunger problems of the world, but it seems so far away from our lives,” said Cottle. “Packing the meal with Change This World is a great way to tangibly see the difference we can make. When you hold a bag in your hand knowing that it will feed 12 people, that really sticks with you.”

The bigger picture comes full circle through Crump’s background at AU. She is a 2011 graduate with a major in social work and a minor in Christian ministries. Her deep passion and love for people helped her cultivate an enthusiasm for nonprofit work. She hopes one day to hold a leadership position with a nonprofit organization that has the need for such passion.

Of all of the activities she participated in as an undergraduate at AU, Crump says her opportunity to intern with Church of God Ministries prepared her most for her current position. “I got a glimpse into the event planning world,” said Crump about being a 2010 International Youth Conference (IYC) intern. “Above any experience, this has been an incredible tool — truly learning what I am gifted with and how to pursue and overcome the challenges where I am not.”

Not only did this position prepare her for her future career, but it also connected her with Change This World.

“As part of my role with IYC in Orlando, I planned IMPACTOrlando,” said Crump. “One of the organizations IYC partnered with was Change This World, which is based out of Orlando. During IYC, students packaged 60,000 meals with Change This World for Haiti relief efforts. After working with the team at Change This World and as my internship came to an end, the Lord opened the door for me to join their team. I never imagined the Lord would have me back in Orlando working with this incredible organization.”

— Emmalee Strait is a junior from Anderson University, majoring in communicaton arts and minoring in marketing. Strait is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.