Money from the Trinity Fund supports many different projects and programs on Trinity’s campus. While all of the Trinity Fund money benefits the College’s students, some of the funds also allow the students to serve others.
Acting on AIDS is one campus group supported by the Trinity Fund. The group began as a student-led team with the goal of increasing awareness of and joining the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Since its inception, its vision has grown. “We’re a group committed to showing what our faith says about acting on poverty and injustices around the world,” said Sarah Force ’11 from Trenton, Michigan, leader of the Acting on AIDS group. “We raise awareness and use creative activism to change the hearts of students so that they will also act on these issues.”
The group meets regularly to plan events and campaigns that focus on different issues and educates its membership about the problems faced by those living in poverty around the world. During the year, the students raise funds for their two sponsored children, Rachel in the Congo and Thaniru in Sri Lanka, through campus-wide events such as the 30-Hour Famine. To raise awareness of children who have been orphaned by AIDS and encourage dialogue about this problem, the group encourages the student body to wear orange shirts with the word “ORPHAN.” Next spring, they also plan to host a “Night of Nets.” Students will sleep outside beneath homemade mosquito nets in order to raise awareness and funds, which they will use to purchase nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in certain parts of the world.
Sarah initially became involved in Acting on AIDS because of her passion for helping others. “We ultimately want students to see what God has called us to do as his children,” she said, referencing Micah 6:8, which tells Christians to “act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
“We love to see the interest students take in our campaigns and their eagerness to find other ways to help, whether it is with us, with other campus groups, or with organizations in Chicago.”