ACU’s chapter of Wishing Well is going through transition with both its leadership positions and approach to fundraising.
Brandy Rains, senior art education major from Fort Worth is the director of ACU’s Wishing Well chapter, an organization that tries to expose the water crisis that is happening all over the world.
“The purpose of our chapter is to raise money for at least one well every semester and to raise awareness on campus of social injustices, including the water crisis,” Rains said.
Rains is stepping down as director and is training Madison Pounds, sophomore elementary education major from Fredricksburg and Delaney Noel, junior pre-occupational therapy major from Centennial, Colo. to be the new directors of Wishing Well.
“So far my training has entailed meeting with Brandy about ideas for the future, helping develop a budget, and attending a budget meeting and a Student Association meeting to learn more of how the system works on campus,” Pounds said.
Rains said she thinks that Pounds and Noel are more than capable of taking on the demanding job of being the directors of Wishing Well.
“Since they’ve been training, I have seen them come up with great ideas and I can see how excited they are,” Rains said. “It has shown me how much they care about loving people through our ministry.”
Pounds said she has faith that she and Delaney can get the ACU community involved in trying to solve the water crisis.
“My favorite thing about the people of ACU is when they know of a problem, they are more than willing to help and get involved,” Pounds said.
Rains and the members of Wishing Well are also re-evaluating their approach to fundraising.
“In the past, we have seen a great success with our poetry slams,” Rains said. “The student-centered music and poetry events work really well for us.”
As for this year, they want to take a different direction and introduce a new fundraising event.
“We had an idea to do a cookout on campus and invite musicians to perform for us,” Rains said.
They plan on making a competitive fundraising event between men and women to see who can raise more money for a well in the hopes of raising more money.