College of Humanities & Social Sciences
CHSS student recognized nationally for "Keep Calm and Stay Jersey Strong"
Lindsay Powell's passion is paying off—for those most in need. Powell, a Law & Justice Studies and Applied Sociology double-major, recently learned that her "Keep Calm and Stay Jersey Strong" project was featured on the "Giving U: 10 Charity Projects by University Students" list on WorldWideLearn.com. Powell's charitable work for Superstorm Sandy victims has exceeded her expectations by gaining national recognition. When she found out that her service project was featured, Powell humbly describes the situation as "bizarre," as she never expected to raise the funds she did, nor get local and national attention.
Powell, a Tinton Falls native, is strongly connected to the Jersey Shore area. Her mother hails from Bradley Beach, and her family has a house in Belmar. Powell has also worked for the Avon-by-the-Sea police department for the past five years as a bicycle officer. When Sandy hit, she was in Glassboro thinking about all of the people she knew back at home and felt "useless." She immediately started planning to fundraise and thought of t-shirt sales (since she loves wearing them herself). Her original sales target was "about 100 t-shirts at a table in the Student Center," thinking she could raise about $500. With the help of 2002 Rowan graduate Adam Szyfman and his business Ace Screen Printing, the project quickly grew. In total, Powell raised approximately $3,500 within a month of sales. Powell credits the power of social media—she received orders from as far as Missouri and California.
In addition to the unexpected recognition for her fundraising efforts, Powell gained a valuable internship experience. While dropping off her first check to the American Red Cross-South Jersey Chapter, a casual conversation turned into an internship offer. Powell is not only working on fundraising, but also has the chance to use her social media skills and attend meetings—a great way to network for future employment opportunities.
Powell credits her family for her charitable spirit, learning from her father (who passed away in her freshman year of college) of the importance of helping those less fortunate. She was instilled with an appreciation for education, but did not always have her current path in mind. In fact, Powell began her freshmen year at the Virginia Commonwealth University in their Pharmacy program, but quickly learned this was not a good fit for her true interests. She discovered that following her passion outweighed the high salary that a Pharmacy career promised. Powell will be graduating this May and has a goal of working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "It's not really work if you love what you are doing," her father would tell her.
Our College is grateful for her work…and we love what she is doing!