During the fall semester, the Nursing Student Association (NSA) brainstormed ways to give back to the community and form relationships with nonprofit organizations in the area. They decided on organizing a fundraiser in support of the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry, Strong Baby Project, to provide essential baby items such as diapers, wipes, baby food and formula to families in need.
The UWM NSA promoted this activity to students and staff at the College and made giving attainable as items ranged in price. The majority of the donated items came from students, with additional donations from Nursing faculty & staff. Most impressively, some students virtually came together to give what they could, pooling their money together to buy expensive items such as diapers and formula.
In early December 2020, three NSA board members, Gabrielle Weber, Kayla Kloss, and Jilian Jorns, delivered the donated items to Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry. Accepting the donations were Narcis Daniels (Food Pantry Coordinator), Michele Faltinson (Silver Spring Nursing Center Staff), and Jean Bell-Calvin (Community Nursing Center Director).
The Emergency Food Pantry at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center is available to residents four days a week for clients’ in specific zip codes, with Friday’s reserved for senior citizens. The Emergency Food Pantry welcomes pregnant women and their families to receive support and essential items through the Strong Baby project. The need at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center continues in 2021 and to learn more, we encourage you to explore more at https://www.ssnc-milw.org/.
President of the UWM Nursing Student Association, Gabrielle Weber, said “The Strong Baby (PROJECT) was the perfect fit because it helped ‘the whole family’ and the needs continue during the pandemic. The UWM NSA is looking to do additional drives this spring, supporting healthy babies in the community and possibly volunteering at local food pantries.”
The UWM Nursing Student Association in the College of Nursing is a student-run organization and a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). This national organization represents students at state and local levels and is regularly involved with mentorship, blood drive sponsorship, and volunteering in various ways to impact their local communities.