Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Madison, Alabama, native Madison Rolling has served as the executive secretary for Auburn University's Student Government Association for the past two years. Rolling is a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and is also a member of Auburn's Sigma Lambda chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority. Recently, she received Kappa Delta's highest honor, an Individual Confidence U grant. Confidence U is awarded to members who are identified as strong leaders making a difference in the lives of women. While in high school, Rolling started Clothing for Confidence, a non-profit organization. While at Auburn, she continued her involvement with Clothing for Confidence, and is being recognized with this prestigious award and a $1,000 grant to help bring her non-profit organization to Auburn's campus. She considers her faith a priority and is a member of a local church with Campus Crusades.
1. What is Clothing for Confidence?
Clothing for Confidence is a charity that instills confidence through clothing for children in financial need. We do this by striving to provide a new first day of school outfit to any child, grades K-12, who may be in need. Throughout the summer months, Clothing for Confidence holds a clothing drive that collects new and barely used clothing. We stress the need for new and barely used clothing so these kids can get something that they will want and also like to wear for the first day. At the end of the summer, we have a shopping day where anyone in financial need can come in and pick out their first day outfit. We set the event up like a store so it truly feels like a shopping experience. It's a simple way to give a child not only a physical solution to a need through the clothing, but something beyond by giving them confidence too.
2. What inspired you to start the non-profit program and can you describe how you brought it to life?
Well first, my faith is very important to me. I honestly think this all came together through the Lord. It started by a simple idea after church one week, where the sermon was about being a light as Christians. After hearing that, I knew I wanted to do something to give back to my hometown that had given so much to me before I left for college.
One of my favorite sayings is that our passions come from things we are either denied in life or things that we have been given in life; I believe that this is very true and relevant in this aspect of my life. Growing up, my mom always gave me a new outfit for the first day of school. She would tell me that when you feel good in what you wear you're more likely to break out of your comfort zone and more likely to be confident in yourself. Simply put, you just feel good about yourself. I knew that was what I wanted a charity to be founded on.
I was a senior and about to graduate high school, and I initially thought I was crazy for having the idea because I was still in high school. I talked to three of my best friends, got them on board to help me, and the idea of Clothing for Confidence came to life. We finished up our third year of work with the program this summer and we have continuously grown every year. It's been quite an experience!
3. What achievement are you most proud of thus far in your work with Clothing for Confidence?
I am most proud of the amount of people we have impacted. The goal and foundation of the charity is to help these kids in need by giving them clothing. But in the three years that we have done this, it has impacted more than just the kids. I have had parents, friends, family and community members tell me how much our ministry has impacted them in just seeing what we do. That is the outcome that has meant the most to me. In the end, it isn't about the clothes but about the people. By showing people love, we can impact people in an even bigger way. I'm proud that we have successfully done that.
4. What is your favorite part of being a student at Auburn University?
Can I say everything? I love this place! If I had to pick one thing, it would be the Auburn Family. I feel like that is a cliché answer, but it is truly something you can't explain until you experience it. I love the community Auburn has. I'm from a small town back home and Auburn has the same small town feel. Something about it has always felt like home to me. I know I'm never far away from a friendly face.
5. Apart from working with Clothing for Confidence, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my time staying busy with school. Like every other college student, I have to study often to make the grades I want. I'm very thankful to be involved in SGA and my sorority, and I love the opportunities and friendships I have been given through those. I also spend a lot of time with my friends and roommates. I only have two years left at Auburn, so I am trying to enjoy them to the fullest!
Last Updated: Aug. 24, 2015