Finding Time to Give Back: Globe University Volunteers at Boys and Girls Club

Written by Samuel Fisher, director of career services

Staff takes a break from cleaning to take a quick photo. From left: Alexandra Randall, Samuel Fisher, Shelly Klukas, Dawn Anderson & Patti Salimes.

Regardless of how you spend your time, most of us wish we had more of it. In an age when nearly anything can be manufactured, we have yet to find a way to add more time to a day. Finding the time do all of things we want to accomplish can often be a challenge, and many of us look back wishing we could have done more.

Globe University understands the importance of time. As an organization, from 2010 to 2011, Globe students and staff, across all campuses, invested 33,819 volunteer hours of time back into local communities. In terms of days, that equates to just over 1,049.

Globe University and Brent Douglas staff help prepare the flower beds before the arrival of the kids.

Community service is a big part of what Globe University is all about. Each year, Globe holds an organizational-wide Community Service Day, where campuses close their doors, allowing faculty, staff and students the time to venture out into the community and give back. The most recent Community Service Day for Globe University-Eau Claire gave volunteers the opportunity to donate their time to an organization that also invests in the community–The Boys and Girls Club.

Located in historic downtown Eau Claire, the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley has been providing a safe place for children in Eau Claire, and the surrounding communities, since 2004. Since opening their doors, the club has seen their membership grow, and they are currently reaching around 1,500 youth through “special events, community partnerships and youth outreach.”

With the arrival of the kids, everyone was excited to start planting.

Globe University staff spent the afternoon at the club, helping their staff with various projects. Part of the group spent the afternoon helping to clean, while others worked with Americorps members to salvage donated electrical work, earmarked for future science projects with the kids.

The most exciting part of the day came in the later afternoon when children arrived at the club. In a partnership with local business owner Brent Douglas of Brent Douglas Flowers and Artist Gallery, Globe University staff, Brent Douglas employees, and the kids, all worked together to help beautify the alley way behind the club. The kids planted flowers, donated by Brent, with the assistance of the volunteers.

Shelly’s favorite part of the day was teaching the kids how to plant flowers.

Adam Rocksvold, admissions representative commented, “It was a great experience for our staff to work closely with not only the Eau Claire Boys & Girls Club on their spring cleaning projects, but also with the kids in making Eau Claire more beautiful! With the help of generous donations of local businesses and volunteer efforts, the alleyway behind the club was transformed from a forgotten space into a beautiful and scenic pathway to be enjoyed by generations to come!”

Other members of the Globe University volunteer team donated their time with children in other ways, offering their talents indoors. They interacted with the children during their activity time, and participated in games and other activities. Dawn Anderson and Patti Salimes spent time with the kids, playing UNO and other card games.

Globe University-Eau Claire had a great time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. From Left: Patti Salimes, Samuel Fisher, Wes Escondo, Dawn Anderson, Kent Davis, Shelly Klukas, Adam Rocksvold & Alexandra Randall.

Shelly Klukas, director of admissions at Globe University Eau Claire summed up her excitement about working with the Boys and Girls Club. “It’s fun to give back to an organization that provides opportunities for our youth. I’m grateful that I work for a company that puts community service first.”

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from Community Service Day!