Students and staff give back to their communities in various ways
In the upcoming weeks, Concordia University Wisconsin’s main campus and its nine Adult Accelerated campuses will be participating in the Week of Service. For the past several years, CUW has taken time to give back to the community and encourage its students to participate in helping others in need.
The activities planned at the various Adult Accelerated campuses vary as much as the communities that they reside in. At the Kenosha campus, a donation drive to help benefit the Salvation Army is taking place, with items such as deodorant, tooth paste, soap, and other toiletries are being gathered to help people in the community who need a helping hand have a sense of normalcy by being able to take care of their hygiene.
At the Green Bay and Appleton campuses, can and dry food goods for local food pantries are being collected. Appleton’s donations will go to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, who manages the New London Food Pantry, while Green Bay’s donations will benefit Grace Lutheran Church’s food pantry. The Green Bay Center will also be assisting the Einstein Project, creating challenge kits for the local youth, while the Appleton Center is looking at volunteering at St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Appleton.
The Mequon Center will also be collecting non-perishable items to help benefit the Saukville Food Pantry. The Saukville Food Pantry has been serving the community since 2010.
The Miller Park Way center is also working on benefitting a local food pantry, along with collecting gently worn clothing for St. Benedict the Moor (St. Ben’s) Parish in Milwaukee. Along with that students and staff will be volunteering their time at the Boys and Girls Club, participating in structured activities with the children.
Over at the Midtown Center, students and staff will be preparing and delivering sandwiches to be given to patrons at The Guest House Homeless Shelter in Milwaukee. Since 1981, The Guest House has been organized by Milwaukee’s Central City Churches to meet the demands of the city’s growing homeless populations, and the Midtown Center is proud to assist them in their efforts.
The Beloit Center is supporting the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center. They are collecting items so that those who are seeking emergency housing can live comfortably, even if they had to leave where they were at a moment’s notice and not be able to bring anything along with them.
Waukesha’s Center will also be assisting a local shelter, as they will be collecting personal care products, food, and clothing for the Hope Center in Waukesha. Much like the center in Beloit, the Hope Center assists women, children, and families in their time of need.
Being a student or staff member isn’t just about obtaining a new degree, but by “Living UnCommon” and giving back to the community in Christ’s name. CUW’s Week of Service is just another example of this in effect, and the University is very proud of everyone who is participating.
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