By Students of San Jose State University
In an act of friendship and community spirit, volunteers from San Jose and Santa Clara came together in support to raise awareness about homelessness in their community. The special event called “Empty Bowls”, also known as sundaes on a Sunday, brought out community members of all ages. Artisanal bowls were donated by local vendors in which attendees picked out their favorite pieces and then headed over to the ice cream stand to create their unique treat.
CSA creates events that focus on pressing topics within the community and aids those that need assistance in many forms. CSA, also known as the Community Service agency, has been around since 1957, since then the agency has expanded to not only provide food security, but also financial stability, social work, and legal help to the community. The event provided a platform for many speakers to talk about recent issues and successes they have overcome, as well as giving individual insight to San Jose students on the act of community and helping others.
The event took place at Rengstorff Park in Santa Clara, and a significant number of volunteers and attendees were CSA employees, local church members, healthcare professionals, and students from San Jose State University, including ourselves. Various bowls and ceramics were on display all day, generously donated by local vendors and skilled craftsmen. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the event, which also served a noble purpose.