Community service is an important piece of what Globe University is all about. Each year, Globe
University holds an organization-wide Community Service Day, where all campuses are closed, allowing faculty, staff and students the time to go out into the community and give back, demonstrating the “We Care” mission. The most recent Community Service Day for Globe University-Madison West gave volunteers the opportunity to donate their time to an organization that also invests in our veterinary technician program-Heartland Farm Sanctuary.
Located in Verona, Heartland Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. Heartland provides a safe, peaceful environment where youth and farm animals can come together to heal, grow, and have fun. Also, our veterinary technician students take a field trip there each quarter to experience live production animals.
Globe University staff spent the morning at the farm, where they took a tour, met the resident animals and helped with various projects. One of the projects was cleaning their large barn for their annual fundraiser event, Barn in Bloom which will be held on Sunday, June 28th. Some of their tasks included cleaning spider webs off of the walls, washing windows, raking hay, transporting dirt in wheel barrows, and unloading fences from trucks.
“I am glad that we were given the opportunity to help Heartland Farm Sanctuary get ready for the Barn in Bloom fundraising event,” said Jamie Buenzli, campus director of Madison West. “We worked hard, got dirty and learned a lot about the organization and animal residents. The most exciting part of the day for me was when we were instructed to back up to the wall, hold our hands out, and under no circumstances, look Maxine (the 800 lb. sow) in the eye as she walked by our group. By the end of the day everyone that participated was appreciative of the experience that we had at Heartland Farm Sanctuary.”
“It was fun climbing the ladder and making the windows sparkling clean in the barn,” said Rita Cordova, medical assistant program chair. “I also enjoyed meeting the farm animals on our tour because we were able to learn about how they were rescued and how caring the staff is.”
Not only was Community Service day productive, it also allowed faculty and staff to spend time together outside of the office. The event proved what great things we can accomplish as a team and we are thankful that we were able to spend time with such an amazing farm.