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Geisel Community Service Day Benefits Molly’s Place

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 provides resource coordination to at-need pediatric households and provides emergency dry pantry and child wellness supplies to help address family needs.

Geisel medical students assisted Molly’s Place staff with many projects, including translating patient forms and informational material into Spanish, digitizing patient materials, assembling training binders for pediatric residents, and updating resource brochures listing local safety-net organizations. With donations and support from Geisel Student Government totaling $1,150, students also purchased non-perishable food items to stock the pantry at Molly’s Place.

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Pauline Mochama ’25, one of Geisel’s community service reps along with Ernie Tao ’25, says, “It was such a meaningful experience to take part in planning this year’s community service day. The commitment and collaboration shown by members of the planning committee made this day a success. The best part of the day was hearing from Molly’s Place staff how the pantry items we donated will support families dealing with food insecurity for a long time to come. Molly’s Place plays such a vital role for the pediatric patient population at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and I’m glad we could contribute to their mission.”

Tao says he appreciates all stakeholders 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 such as Kathy Stocker, Darcy Emerson, and Leslie Clancy; Dartmouth Health Children’s pediatricians Dr. Steven Chapman and Dr. Claire Gallibois; Dartmouth Health Children’s staff, Polly Antol and Amie Marsh, and all the Geisel students who participated. Additionally, Geisel Student Government worked for months to put this event together and to sponsor the food donations. We are looking forward to further collaborations in the months to come!”

This event was made possible by the Class of 2025 community service day planning committee.