The Family Medicine Interest Group supports many service-learning projects throughout the year. Below are the current annual opportunities for service with FMIG. For other service opportunities throughout the health sciences schools, check out the Service Learning Resource Center (SLRC).
FMIG Coffee Cart
Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters
The coffee cart is a popular outreach activity that offers first and second year medical students coffee, tea, and baked goods for donations between classes once each week throughout the academic year. Donations raised help fund ROOTS Breakfast where volunteers prepare a simple hot breakfast, providing guests with the nutrition and energy to start each day off right. The WAFP Foundation generously provides funds for the coffee, tea, cream, and sugar, while FMIG leaders take turns donating baked goods to the cart to be given away.
FMIG/CHAP Holiday Drive for the Homeless
Fall Quarter, mid-November through December
This annual drive, sponsored by FMIG and the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP), solicits donations of clothing and toiletry items that will benefit Seattle-based organizations that serve the homeless. Once all donations are collected, leaders meet for a sorting party to create small gift packages for distribution.
Tar Wars Orientation and Presentations
Autumn, Winter, Spring Quarters
Tar Wars is a tobacco-free intervention program for 4th and 5th graders that covers the harmful consequences of tobacco use. Medical students are trained on how to lead these one-hour presentations prior to presenting to classrooms within Seattle Public Schools.