Students and Community Service: Making an Impact

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a highly motivated and active student community. In the school year of 2012-13 there was a record breaking of 17,035 total hours volunteered. The following academic year 14,000 hours was dedicated to community service.

From workshops and lectures, social activities, and service projects, the Office of Student Life provides many and varied opportunities for students to become involved. In the 2014-15 academic year there were approximately 124 student organizations that were supported. The service-centered student organizations include Circle K International, Habitat for Humanity, Green Bay Phoenix Optimist Club, Healthy Helping Hand, Oxfam America, Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Red Cross. Other student groups that conduct service projects and fund-raisers are Greek organizations and Residence Life. Among the agencies serviced were:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • The Children’s Museum
  • Freedom House
  • Girl Scouts
  • Golden House
  • Highway Cleanup
  • Paul’s Pantry
  • National Railroad Museum
  • Wildlife Sanctuary

In fall of 2015 the Community Fair brought dozens of agencies including Bay Area Human Society, Sexual Assault Center and Freedom House together, along with 350 students who participated. Also in fall 2015, UWGB hosted its third Color Run, bringing 5,000 visitors and raising over $18,000 for various organizations which helps pay for service activities. More than 800 students and community members volunteered in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk in December 2015. For Make a Difference Day, over 300 students, faculty and staff volunteered 1,000 hours of service at several sites including Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Baird Creek, St. Vincent de Paul and the Green Bay Botanical Garden. The group also partook in Volunteer Center’s “Neighborhood Volunteer Connection” which delivered 5,000 letters throughout Green Bay to recruit volunteers to assist seniors and people with disabilities.

Along with campus organizations, there are other various activities happening such as UWGB Nites. This late-night program is held in the Union and happens one weekend night per month. Often times a service project such as making cards for veterans or designing T-shirts for Domestic Violence Awareness will take place. The total attendance for UWGB Nites in 2014-15 was about 2,025.

Campus Kitchen is an organization that’s reducing food waste while feeding the hungry in the community. This organization made big accomplishments over the 2014-15 school year. About 222 students dedicated over 500 volunteer hours to recover 1,544 pounds of food. This recovered food created and distributed 916 meals to members of the community.

Since September, Campus Cupboard, a student organization that helps provide food and other essentials to students and community members in need, has provided services to 75 students—filling a total of 84 brown paper bags.

This press release was not officially published, but was written on March 1, 2016.
Check out the Campus Cupboard feature.

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