A long-held tradition at Stetson University, Greenfeather originated in 1952 as an autumn carnival where students raised funds for local charities. Over the decades, Greenfeather has expanded to a week-long event that brings awareness to philanthropy and pressing issues surrounding the DeLand community.
In recent years, Greenfeather has merged into our annual Homecoming week to bring the championing spirit of Stetson to our DeLand Community. During this week, Stetson students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together to help raise $10,000 for a local non-profit organization.
The Greenfeather Grant Recipient for 2019 is the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. Located in DeLand, The Neighborhood Center is an integral part of the Deland community that strives to serve the homeless, to feed the hungry and to systematically combat homelessness in all its forms. The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia houses individuals experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and other hardships surrounding poverty and transitional unemployment. Housing programs, emergency assistance, food pantries, and a thrift shop are all features of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is a home for all nestled in the heart of Deland and West Volusia. With the 2019 Greenfeather Grant, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia will build a permanent laundry facility for impoverished members in our community that will be completely free for use. The City of DeLand has matched Greenfeather’s contribution to this much-needed laundry facility.