2014 Day of Caring: Globe University Volunteers for the United Way

The team works together to remove weeds from around the building

Globe University-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are proud to have once again participated the 2014 United Way Day of Caring. Now complete, the Chippewa Valley is beginning to learn about all of the great projects completed by volunteers. Pictures, videos and stories have been flooding the United Way Facebook page, showing all of the volunteerism this year.

According to James Peters, director of marketing for the United Way of the Great Chippewa Valley, 740 volunteers helped out 43 organizations this year alone. That’s a total of 70 projects and 2,300 hours of volunteerism in one day!

Gretchen Johnson, medical assistant (MA) and medical administrative assistant (MAA) program chair, organized the volunteers as the team leader for the project. Gretchen is well known on campus for her volunteerism.  Many of those who participated were students from the medical assistant and medical administrative assistant programs, following Gretchen’s lead by giving back to the community.

Back row from left: Gretchen Johnson, MA and MAA program chair; Sam Fisher, director of career services; Meagan Johnson, MAA student and administrative assistant; Mindee Hamman-Fuentes, MAA student. Front row from left: Caitlin Polus, massage therapy student; Angie Ruppe, dean of education; Melissa Jenna, massage therapy student; Alena Kempf, MA student, Ashley Muchow, MA student.

This year Globe University volunteers donated their time at Lakeshore Elementary, helping the school with landscaping in and around the school and student gardens. Volunteers removed weeds, turned over soil, and prepared landscaping areas for new plants. They were joined later in the afternoon by volunteers from Idexx Laboratories in Eau Claire.

Meagan Johnson, medical administrative assistant student and administrative assistant at Globe University, summed up the feelings of the team. “It was great to give back to the Eau Claire schools, specifically Lakeshore Elementary. They do so much for the children in our community.”