Each year Globe University closes its campuses so that staff and faculty can take part in a Community Service Day. They head off campus to build partnerships with area organizations and to help better the community while also building teamwork skills.
This year, 26 Globe University-Madison East staff and faculty members volunteered their time at three different locations throughout the Madison area. Two of the groups worked with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County hanging drywall, mudding and taping, and staining pre-cut wood for picnic tables.
The final group helped coordinate a Health & Wellness Fair at the East Madison Community Center. They began planning and promoting the fair weeks ago, and it came together on Friday, May 17 at the center. More than a dozen different wellness activities and tables were represented at the fair giving attendees a chance to learn about pet wellness, online safety, identity theft, financial wellness, yoga, zumba, stress management and more. Attendees were also treated to free blood pressure checks, chair massages, healthy snacks and fabulous giveaways.
Here, our staff and faculty reflect on the day and share four benefits to volunteering.
- Learn a New Skill. The Habitat volunteers learned a lot of new skills during their volunteer experience. Veterinary technology instructor Suzanna Schulert shared, “While I don’t think I’ll be starting a new career hanging drywall, I always enjoy learning a new skill and interacting with my colleagues outside of our usual environment.”
- That Warm Fuzzy Feeling. Business Program Chair Rick Mason was one of four faculty members who drywalled a garage that day. He enjoyed the experience saying, “It is always amazing to help with a Habitat for Humanity project. It is especially rewarding to work hard for a few hours, stand back and see what you have accomplished, knowing that it is for the benefit of someone less fortunate. It is the ultimate ‘feel good’ experience!”
- Builds Teamwork and Creates Bonding Time. Admissions Representative Michelle Matts, who helped stain pre-cut lumber for picnic tables, said, “We had a great time singing, talking, laughing with each other and bonding outside of the office.”
- Great Way to Network. “My favorite part of the day was seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they heard we were there just to educate them on heart health and blood pressure,” said medical assistant instructor Dawn Storlie. “I made a new connection and will now be going to the community center once a month to do free blood pressure checks.”
Overall the day was a success. Director of Admissions Brittany Knutson said, “I simply love that our organization places a high enough value on community to dedicate a day to investing the full force of our staff and faculty group to the community. Our students live and work in these same communities and the stronger they are, the better the opportunities will be for our students!”