I know that Africa might not be on your mind every day with all the responsibilities a collegiette™ has, but we caught up with Emily Crane, the president of Mocha Club to show you how easy it is to have an impact!
HC Auburn: What is the Mocha club exactly?
Emily: Mocha Club is an organization that shows for the cost of 2 mochas, $7 per month, you can have an impact in Africa. They work with a variety of projects, from child soldiers to former sex slaves. For example, $7 a month can pay for one child’s AIDS medication or give clean water to 7 people for one year. The idea is you give up something simple (like two cups of coffee or a meal at Chick-Fil-A) and put it where it can change lives.
HC Auburn: What do you feel has been most beneficial about being involved in a philanthropic student organization?
Emily: Being involved with Mocha Club has shown me how much bigger the world is than my normal sphere of influence. I love the impact MC is having on the ground in Africa, and I love that my time in Auburn can be spent for something more significant than myself. It is a joy to be able to help connect Auburn to Africa and see the influence MC has on both sides.
HC Auburn: Have you held any other leadership positions?
Emily: I actually brought MC to campus my sophomore year so am technically the "founder" here at Auburn. It sounds kind of silly to be termed that because what has actually happened is that an incredible group of people who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of Africans have come together, the Lord has blessed our efforts, and Mocha Club has flourished on Auburn's campus.
HC Auburn: Do you have any advice for students looking to hold a leadership position? What have you learned from being president?
Emily: One of the greatest things I have learned through my various leadership positions is that delegation is key. An organization is only as successful as it's members. MC would not have grown nearly as swiftly if I sought to do everything on my own. I would encourage students to find what they're passionate about, make time for it, and spend their college career doing something for a cause greater than themselves.
HC Auburn: How can students get involved with Mocha club?
Emily: Auburn students can search "Auburn Mocha Club" and follow the links on that page to join one of the five AU teams (Orphan Care, Education, HIV/AIDS, Women at Risk, or Clean Water). Students can also get more involved with our "CORE" leadership team by emailing me at email@example.com.
Mocha Club's CORE Leadership Team!
Mocha Club participating in a campus awareness initiative!
Emily working with orphans in Uganda!