Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS)

Empty Bowls Project

Each year two hundred people stand in line to get into Woods-Penniman for the Annual Empty Bowls Event sponsored by the Ceramics Pottery Apprenticeship Program and CELTS. Students, faculty and staff, and community members each pay ten dollars for a beautiful bowl, soup and the privilege of helping those in need in our community.

Many people are involved in making the event a success. In addition to students from the Ceramics Apprenticeship Program and CELTS, there are many other volunteers from both campus and the community. Local potters donate bowls, students perform music during the event, others donat soup, and some even enter the annual soup competition.

The event begins with participants choosing their very own bowl. Hands pass over the beautiful bowls until the perfect one is found by each individual. Attendees then choose a soup for supper and find a seat beside old friends and new acquaintances. Participants also have the opportunity to donate more money by entering a raffle to win additional pottery pieces. All proceeds from the event benefit local food pantries.

Learn more about Empty Bowls, a grassroots movement to help end hunger.

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