CHAMP Day of Service: Back for a Second Year
Goal 5 of UMD’s strategic plan is to “strengthen ties with Duluth and surrounding communities in an intentional, visible, and mutually beneficial partnership.” Nowhere is this evidenced more directly than CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service. As part of Inauguration Week Activities in March of 2011, Chancellor Black proposed CHAMP Day, a campus-wide day of service where students, staff, and faculty participate in volunteer projects throughout the Greater Duluth area.
SECOND ANNUAL CHAMP DAY: APRIL 21
Erin M Zoellick, community engagement specialist in the Office of Civic Engagement, is hoping for 350-400 volunteers. She said, “This year, UMD is adding an alumni team and are also looking forward to increased participation from faculty and staff.” These measures should help to bolster participation and keep the program strong in its second year. Several organizations cooperated last year and are expected to return. Zoellick confirmed that, “We will most likely end up with 25 again this year.”
CHAMP Day of Service began with Chancellor Black's commitment to use his inauguration to provide a greater good. It is apparent from the energetic response surrounding the event, it is sure to be part of UMD for years to come.
Written by Zach Lunderberg, March 2012