Volunteers with the Cornell Club of Mid-America gathered in Kansas City to package diapers for local families, as part of this year's Cornell Cares Day—an annual day of service in partnership with the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.
"Cornell Cares is always my favorite event of the year," says event organizer Stacy Strassberg Wright '90. "I love that whatever else we do or don't have in common, we know that we all have a great affection for Cornell and a strong desire to work for the betterment of our community. Last year, when we couldn't meet, it was wonderful to see photos of students and alumni supporting a great variety of local charities. This year, it was especially gratifying for the club to be able to come together in person—masked and socially distant, but together."
"In my role as president of the Cornell Club of Mid-America, my singular focus is on alumni engagement," adds Marty Lustig '63. "Cornell Cares Day is one of Cornell’s annual events that aligns perfectly with that focus on alumni engagement. This event, helping Happy Bottoms—a local diaper bank—year over year, has shown to engage alumni, students, and their parents. Everyone leaves feeling they have done something meaningful to help our community."
A highlight for the event this year, Lustig says, was attendance by two current students and one early-decision student, who will be entering Cornell in fall 2022.