Classmates from ‘62 Stay Connected Through Giving Back

What if they could continue to stay connected as a group and actively participate in the lives of their classmates, especially those going through difficult times? That’s when Classmates Helping Classmates (CHC) – a support group for the Class of ’62 – was formed.

CHC meets quarterly to catch up and discuss how they can assist classmates in need. They do a variety of good deeds for their Carroll classmates, including taking those who are sick to doctors’ appointments, making hospital visits, planning lunch outings and sending flowers as well-wishes and condolences on behalf of the class.

Foster feels it is important for Carroll alumni to come together and support each other, especially as they get older. He says, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every class had someone looking out for them? We feel very rewarded personally for doing it with our class. When you’re younger, you like to receive things. But as you get older you get great satisfaction from doing things that help people feel better.”

According to Gerber, the group outings like lunches and home visits provide much-needed emotional support for classmates going through a hard time. He says, “We bring a little sunshine to a cloudy day”.

CHC, which started with 10 people, has grown to 23 members. And while most of the group lives in the D.C.-area, some participants find ways to support their classmates from afar including through financial contributions.
The group welcomes new members from the Class of ’62. John Foster or Joe Gerber are also happy to assist members of other classes who wish to start support groups.

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