It was one busy month for Globe University-Madison West. It was a time of giving back and showing our “We Care” spirit!
In Her Boots
After reading a previous blog article about our resident veterinarian, JR Lund’s, tour in Afghanistan, Andrew Lockman, veterinary technology student and Iraq veteran, felt moved to start a care package drive. Andrew compiled a list of items that he suggested JR and her fellow service men and women would appreciate the most.
Andrew explained his motivation. “I just understand that Dr. Lund is over there and I’ve had similar situations that I have experienced, and care packages have been very helpful with the overall morale.” he shared. “I wanted to do that for the folks, but since she is also a veterinarian I was trying to hit the unique aspect of outside of her professional duties. I included many items that will perhaps help the local dogs and livestock. I just wanted to make a difference for the troops over there. I know they are working hard.”
For one week the campus accepted items from faculty and staff in exchange for wearing jeans during the work week. Students also were encouraged to donate items as well. Immediately, wet wipes, instant coffee, soap, shampoo, lotion, medicated powder, Chapstick, beef snacks, books, DVDs, and art by children piled in a cube.
In addition to the campus donations, Andrew connected with the Mount Horeb American Legion and Williams Small Animal Clinic in obtaining additional items. The result was a generous supply of dewormer medication, leashes, collars and personalized messages from local kids.
Nine boxes were packed and sent off to JR and her team. “It was great and made everyone’s day!” JR shared via email.
“I think the amount of stuff we collected was great!” Andrew said. “It is a small thing we can do to help our troops. Care packages mean a lot to them. It’s nice to get special things.”
A Day of Caring
Globe staff and students got their walking shoes ready to spread the word about Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program. This was one project of many that were involved in the United Way Days of Caring volunteer event.
Globe staff volunteers Jennifer Brown, Kim Sprecker, Cristina Follen, Natalie Busse, Brittanie Dempsey and Jennifer Hilgendorf along with Jamie Fries, veterinary technology student, and Julie Xiong, medical assistant student, hung informational door hangers on Middleton neighborhood homes. In teams of two they were able to cover a large section and spread awareness of the program.
This volunteer effort spoke to Julie because it was a way to give back to the one organization that helped her family.
“My mom actually owned a Habitat for Humanity house back in 2009/10,” Julie shared. “When I saw the email asking for volunteers, I wanted to do something good for Habitat because they gave my mom a house. My mom has six kids and it was hard for her to own a house. I just wanted to pay some respect back. I really appreciate that they do that for low-income families because it helped me.”
“A family I go to church with received a Habitat home for their family of seven kids about six years ago,” Kim added. “So I have seen first-hand the difference that a Habitat home can make for people. I wanted to promote this cause by volunteering on the Days of Caring.”
The Cars for Homes program is a new way to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity. By donating your car, truck, boat, RV, or any other vehicle running or not, the proceeds from the sale help your local Habitat for Humanity build and renovate houses for families in need. The donation may be itemized for tax deduction, and by recycling your vehicle, you save energy and natural resources. Learn more about it by logging onto the Habitat for Humanity website.