During this year’s annual Community Service Day, Geisel School of Medicine student volunteer projects benefited Dartmouth Health Children’s Molly’s Place at the CHaD Family Center. Molly’s Place coordinates resources for pediatric homes in need and provides an emergency dry pantry and child welfare supplies to help meet the needs of families.
Geisel medical students have assisted Molly’s Place staff with many projects, including translating patient forms and informational materials into Spanish, scanning patient documents, assembling training binders for pediatric residents and updating resource brochures listing local safety net organizations. With donations and support from the Geisel Student Government totaling $1,150, students also purchased non-perishable food items to stock Molly’s Place pantry.
Pauline Mochama ’25, one of Geisel’s Community Service Representatives along with Ernie Tao ’25, said, “It was such a meaningful experience to be involved in planning this year’s Community Service Day. The commitment and collaboration shown by the members of the planning committee made the day a success. The best part of the day was hearing from the staff at Molly’s Place how the pantry items we donated will support families struggling with food insecurity for a long time to come. Molly’s Place plays a vital role for the pediatric patient population at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and I’m glad we can help with their mission.
Tao says he appreciates all the speakers who pooled their time and resources to make this event such a success. “None of this would have been possible without Molly’s Place staff like Kathy Stocker, Darcy Emerson and Leslie Clancy; Dartmouth Health children’s pediatricians Dr. Steven Chapman and Dr. Claire Gallibois; Dartmouth Health Children staff, Polly Antol and Amie Marsh, and all of the Geisel students who participated. Additionally, the Geisel Student Government has worked for months to organize this event and to sponsor food donations. We look forward to new collaborations in the months to come! »
This event was made possible by the Class of 2025 Community Service Day Planning Committee.