Service-Learning Student Feature of the Month
Psychology & Communication and Science Disorders
What nonprofit did you work with?
Crohn's and Colitits Foundation of America
What did you do for your service-learning?
I was elected as the captain of my team for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America October walk. I was given the responsibility to start and organize the team, as well as, fundraise for the cause. I started by creating a Facebook page and inviting everyone I knew to join. This spread the word of what I was doing that triggered a chain reaction. I used the Foundation's site as a reference to build my site and to share what the common goals of the fundraiser were. I also created many email templates that I sent out, inviting people to support our team and donate to find the cure to Crohn's and Colitis disease. Other fun tasks I did included creating t-shirts and necklaces for my team members to wear when we participated in the walk. Overall, we raised around 1,000 dollars that was matched by the Foundation!
What motivated you to choose this project?
I, personally, have Crohn's disease, which is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, and especially the colon and ileum (often associated with ulcers). I also have some family members who have this disease, so I wanted to donate my time to a cause I truly was passionate about.
Is your service-learning relevant to your field of study?
No, not really. My service-learning doesn't really apply to either of my majors; however, I still strengthened my communication skills, time-management skills and my ability to work along with the Foundation. All of these skills are valid in almost any workplace.
How did you impact your community?
This impacted the Eau Claire community through raising awareness that support groups for those
with Crohn's or Colitis disease do exist. Most of the resources available are online, however it mainly brought awareness to our local community.
Would you recommend this to other students?
Yes! I originally did this just to do it, but when I found out it could be used for service that was an added bonus. I think other students should do things that aren't necessarily on the list. This specialization allows them to choose what they really want to do.
How would you summarize the experience in one sentence?
It was really rewarding and fun!
What has been your favorite class so far?
My Human Development Psychology class
Where is your favorite spot on campus?
The campus mall during the summer
What is your favorite food at the Davies Center?
Erberts & Gerberts
What has been your most memorable time at Eau Claire?
Time spent with friends