University Housing Residents Focus on Service

With just a few months left in the school year, University Housing residents continue to make big strides in the community around them.

Over the weekend, a team of 11 individuals from the Panther Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary Society participated in the Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon. The result was over $1700 earned by the team, more than 18% of the campus-wide total of $9356.42. The 11-member team danced for six consecutive hours, totaling 66 hours of dancing, not including other time spent fundraising and preparing for the event.

The Dance Marathon marks the second of three major service events that University Housing residents will participate in the Spring semester.  On January 15, University Housing participated in the MLK Day of Service, by creating tie blankets for a local women’s shelter.

University Housing will also have students assisting in the Bradford Beach Clean-up on April 21.

All of this comes on the heels of an active Fall semester as well.

In the Fall, NRHH led the University Housing delegations that tallied the following impressive results:

  • 10 hours donated to clean up Bradford Beach
  • 48 hours donated to the Fall Make a Difference Day
  • 40 hours donated to create tie blankets for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, resulting in 20 completed blankets
  • 300 pounds of food donated through the Reverse Trick or Treating Event donated to the UWM Food Pantry, and
  • 220 pounds of food donated to the UWM Food Pantry

According to Danesha Bonds, the Associate Director of UWM’s NRHH Chapter for Philanthropy, community service is a key part of her UWM experience. “It’s my chance to give back to the community.  I love helping others and through community service I can make a positive impact in my community.”