This catchy and inspiring mantra of Chicago’s Sweet Water Foundation was just one thing we loved from our day of volunteering in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.

On a rainy Saturday, June 9, Unearth the World was proud to play a small roll in bringing Cornell alumni together with a groundbreaking Chicago nonprofit for a unifying and educational day of service.

The idea for this event came from Dejah Powell – a 2018 Cornell graduate that participated in two Unearth the World global service learning trips to Nicaragua during her time as an undergraduate – first as a participant and then as a co-leader.

Dejah’s passion for food justice and the environment transcended her international experiences and motivated her to intern for the Sweet Water Foundation, an urban farm, in her hometown of Chicago during her summer break. Dejah saw some clear connections between the work being done by the Sweet Water Foundation (whose founders are also Cornell alums) and the volunteering she did abroad. She also resonated with Unearth the World’s mission to help travelers bridge their international experience into their daily lives. So she spearheaded a fantastic Chicago event bringing together people from different backgrounds around a common passion.

Our day at the Sweet Water Foundation was spent learning about the important work being done while also doing some gardening on the farm. It was inspiring to see Cornell alums of all ages connect with each other and with the unique model of regenerative neighborhood development practiced at Sweet Water. Thank you to everyone who attended, to Dejah and the Cornell Commitment Office for planning and to Sweet Water Foundation for hosting.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sweet Water Foundation, please visit their website or reach out here.