Capital City Girls Choir at Meredith College organizes drive with Triangle Area Ministry of Wake Forest

— July 2017

Left to right: Payton King, Rebecca Tillman, Rachel Oglesby, Emily Attamack, Abby Schiller, Hannah Stone. Photo courtesy of Capital City Girls Choir.

The Capital City Girls Choir at Meredith College (CCGC), participated in a drive for feminine hygiene products in collaboration with Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry (TAM) of Wake Forest. The idea for the drive was first conceived by choir member, Rachel Oglesby, 16, who became interested in the need to help provide feminine hygiene products for those unable to afford them.

“Most people complain about using these items because they are inconvenienced by their monthly cycle,” Oglesby said, “never realizing there is another population that is inconvenienced because they must stay home from school or work because they simply can’t afford to meet their personal needs.”

Oglesby expressed her desire to coordinate a drive for these products to Leslie DuBois of TAM.  She also discussed the idea with Dr. Fran Page, Founder and Director of CCGC, who was excited for the choir’s opportunity to participate in a service project and give back to the community.

The drive, which took place during April and May weekly choir rehearsals, saw the collection of 102 packages of feminine hygiene products. The donations were delivered to TAM on Saturday, May 20. These products will greatly benefit many women and girls across the Triangle as TAM serves approximately 700 households a month, which equates to 25,000 individuals served per year.

DuBois says of the need that still exists at TAM, “We are in constant need of feminine hygiene products, diapers, canned foods and fresh food. Our third initiative we started this year is our Fresh Food initiative. Most of the food our clients receive is non-perishable dry or canned food. While we are very grateful for these items and they are very much needed we are also trying to provide our clients with healthier fresh food (produce, eggs, milk, cheese).”

As for anyone who is looking to help out or get involved with TAM, volunteers are always needed at the pantry which is open Monday and Wednesday’s from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and also the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or 13 – 15 years old with a parent.

Capital City Girls Choir at Meredith College is a vocal and music training program for girls from Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding area, with the goal of teaching young women (fourth grade and up) musical and vocal skills. CCGC is associated with the community outreach program of the School of Music at Meredith College and is entering its thirtieth season this August.

TAM is the largest food pantry in the Wake Forest, Youngsville, and Rolesville area. TAM is a non-profit, non-denominational, 100% volunteer organization. A large amount of their clients (which span across all races, age, gender, military service and family size) receive food stamps (FNS) and many of them only receive $16 per month.

For more information about CCGC and the audition process, please visit www.capitalcitygirlschoir.org or send an email to info@capitalcitygirlschoir.org.

Please contact Leslie DuBois at lesliejdubois@gmail.com for more information regarding TAM’s ongoing activities and current needs.