Globe University Helps Chippewa Valley United Way Set Volunteer Record

According to the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, in 2014, over 740 volunteers participated in the annual Day of Caring – a day set aside to help nonprofits and public service organizations. For 2015, the number of volunteers increased to over 850, and Globe University-Eau Claire is proud to have participated in this record-breaking turnout.

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Dr. Margaret McDougall and Shelly Klukas put the finishing touches on the museum entryway.

Gretchen Johnson, program chair of the medical assistant and medical administrative assistant programs at the Eau Claire campus, is passionate about volunteering. Each year, she and her students donate countless hours within the community. Gretchen was the team leader for the Day of Caring Globe Eau Claire teams in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Students, faculty, staff, and family members participated in this year’s event, donating their time to help the Paul Bunyan logging camp at Eau Claire’s Carson Park. The team helped re-stain part of the museum at the camp and clean the gutters.

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The team poses for a quick photo prior to starting the day. Pictured (from left) Paula Lemke, Dr. Margaret McDougall, Gretchen Johnson, Shelly Klukas, Samuel Fisher, and Vicky Reinhardt.

The weather was perfect for a day of outdoor work, and volunteers made quick work of the project.

By 2 p.m., the team had already used over six gallons of stain, finished two exterior walls and a fence leading up to the entry way. As the stain began to dry, the building took on a whole new look.

Globe University Business student, Vicky, summarized the feelings of the group, “It was a great day.  What an amazing experience and way to help out our community. I enjoyed helping out and supporting the United Way and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum!”