In addition to the monetary donation, the class collected countless non-perishable food items and clothing. One surprising donation came from the Madison Concourse Hotel, which donated five large bags stuffed with pillow cases, sheets, towels and blankets.
The student commons was packed with friends, family and fellow students who all came out to support the cause. The class coordinated the whole event, which included food, kids’ games, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, bingo and playtime with the Easter Bunny.
Karen Andro, Director of Outreach Ministries at First United Methodist Church, shared her experience working with Globe University-Madison West.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Meredith and her Business Communications students,” Karen said. “The first step was having the class come out and tour the church and learn about our ministries and sit around our conference room and listen to all the ideas the students had. Their idea was to have a Spring Fling to bring the community together and make it a family event all while helping people in need.”Karen added, “The amount they raised was amazing for an event like this. We are so grateful. We can do so much. For example, for our food pantry, $3 serves many meals because we can buy food at a food bank at a reduced cost. We are very grateful to Globe University for this partnership.” Rebecca Rajchel, a student in the criminal justice program at Globe, said, “It was a lot of work. It was a long journey to get here but it was a really great experience. I’m glad we were able to raise $1,500 for the First United Methodist Church Homeless Ministries. I’m very proud of our class. Overall, it was a great experience and we had a great time. I’m so honored that we could help.”
Sarah Bortz, who is also a student in the criminal justice program, added, “Karen works so hard every day at First United Methodist Church Homeless Ministries, and we only had to work three hours tonight. It was well worth it. Everybody did such a great job; we are just so glad we were able to help.”
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