Sparking Service and Innovation for the Greater Good

During the global pandemic, service to the community is more important than ever.

While we have all been teaching and learning from home, many Dwight students have also been doing what they can to lend a hand and make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers and people around the world, including some of the most vulnerable who are made even more so by the COVID-19 crisis. Students are taking bold action in ways that are personally meaningful to them, with some extra help from The Dwight School Foundation.
 
The Foundation, together with our CAS and Spark Tank programs, launched an initiative to support student service during these unprecedented times. Entitled “Spark Tank Service Challenge: Innovation for the Greater Good,” this inspiring call to action encouraged students to apply for a $250 Foundation grant to advance a cause of their own choosing — or of their own making, in the entrepreneurial spirit of Dwight’s Spark Tank incubator.
 
Students applied as individuals and as teams, and the following students received grants, giving their fundraising and social media promotional efforts an extra boost — and a hearty dose of our congratulations!
 
Ross Brodsky ’21 and Alex Goldenberg ’21: Sole Purpose
A student-created organization created to help New York City’s homeless “get back
on their feet” by purchasing socks and sneakers and delivering them to shelters. @solepurposenyc
 
Fernando Castellanos ’21: Operation USA 
This organization delivers water, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and other mitigation essentials to partners working to protect vulnerable populations, including youths, seniors, and the homeless. GoFundMe 
 
Annika Dhingra ’23, Zoe Droulias ’23, Sarp Sevil ’23, Kyra Spahn ’23: Safe Horizon 
These classmates are raising funds for the non-profit organization dedicated to helping women who are victims of domestic violence, which is increasing during the pandemic. @end.domestic.violence_now
 
Chloe Trujillo ’21, Victoria Buendia Serrano ’23, Olivia Wang '21, Phillip Fuhrman '21, Fernando Castellanos '21, Nina Hissnauer '23: SustainABLE Start
This student-created non-profit organization, which extends to students beyond Dwight, makes eco-friendly hygiene necessities available to homeless New Yorkers. @sustainablestartny
 
Alex Goldenberg ’21: NY Strong 
A student-created organization seeking the donation of items, such as water, healthy snacks, hand sanitizer, and delivering them to first responders and healthcare workers, who have been on the frontlines helping others during the pandemic. @new.york.strong 

Ava Kimmel ’23, Avery Meer ’23, Nick Padilla ’23: The Water Project 
These classmates are fundraising to support a non-profit that provides people around the world with clean water, including communities in sub-Saharan Africa. @dwight_water_project GoFundMe 
 
Jake Bruner ’23, Lindon Clarke ’23, Emma Laurence ’23, Isabella Venturini ’23:
UN Women for Peace Association

These classmates are raising funds for the UN Women for Peace Association, which supports
women’s rights and those whose livelihoods have been impacted, especially during COVID-19. @dwightgenderequality
 
Maya Singh ’22, Maria Berlfein ’20, Jenny Klein ’21, Cyrus Moores ’21: WISER
Extending the work of Dwight’s WISER Club, these students are raising funds to support the non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational, economic, and health outcomes for girls at the WISER School in rural Kenya. @dwightwiser 

Alessandro Dal Bon ’21: Dwight Fridays for Future
Dwight’s Fridays for Future is part of the larger New York City and global movement protesting lack of action in the climate crisis begun by Swedish student Greta Thunberg. @dwightforfuture