MHA community service update

By | March 10, 2016
MHA students at Open Arms of Minnesota

Members of the MHA student group,  Community Service Initiative, have been up to great things! Here are some of their recent service projects for 2015-16.

Open Arms of Minnesota

On the morning of Dec. 5, more than 20 CSI volunteers headed to Open Arms, the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Members of CSI split into teams and delivered 28 food packages to 28 individuals and their families. Delivering prepared meals and groceries allowed members of CSI to help ease the strain of those living with serious medical conditions and to see patients as real people with lives outside of a hospital or clinic.

Feed My Starving Children

After positive feedback from members last semester, CSI partnered with Feed My Starving Children for a second time on Jan. 29. With the combined effort of 11 CSI volunteers and other community volunteers, 133 boxes (=28,728 meals) were packed to be sent to Haiti. CSI members left with a rewarding experience knowing that instead of wondering where their next meal will come from and sleeping on an empty stomach, the children reached in Haiti can focus on education, family, and friends.

Ebenezer Nursing Home

On Feb. 11, ten CSI volunteers hosted a “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day themed event at Ebenezer Nursing Home. Playing games and keeping residents company at the assisted living facility provided a great opportunity to connect with people in the community, specifically the aging adult population. Smiles were seen all around!

Bowling Fundraiser for Dance Marathon

Over 50 first- and second-year MHA students gathered on Feb. 26 for a bowling fundraiser hosted by CSI for the University of Minnesota Dance Marathon. UMN Dance Marathon is a student-led philanthropy organization that serves as a year long fundraising effort for University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Partnering with UMNDM for this bowling tournament offered students the opportunity to have fun while serving the children and families at Masonic Children’s Hospital. Together, we raised nearly $550!

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~ Post by Bianca Nguyen, MHA Class of 2017

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