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Month: October 2011


Community Service Program of the Month
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

School: University of North Dakota Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Megan Fisher Nominator: Wendy Thill

Target Population: 20 Time Needed to Organize: 2 hours
Number of People in Attendance: 14 Date(s) of Program: 10/31/2011
Number of People Needed to Organize: 3 Cost of Program: $0
On-Campus Population: 3042 Chapter Size: 30

Origin of Program:

Megan Fisher is the President of the organization Hope Across Borders on our campus. This is UND's chapter that works very closely with UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) and also volunteers within our community. Every year we send groups of people to go out trick-or-treating on Halloween in order to raise money for UNICEF. UNICEF uses this money and all other donations to help children across the world. Whether children need clean water, vaccinations, school supplies, or mosquito nets to protect them from malaria, UNICEF and millions of volunteers are there to help donate any spare change.

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Please give a short description of the program:

Each year on Halloween we create a group of people that will go around trick-or-treating. In order to cover more of our community we separate into groups of 2-4 people and send them to a portion of Grand Forks. We go around the city for about 2 hours before the most of the children go out to trick-or-treat. When we are going around asking for money we often ask for any spare change or small donations, so we don't pressure people into donating large amounts. Simply donating 6 cents gives a child clean water for a day, so any amount we can raise is an accomplishment. Also, by asking for small amounts people are more likely to donate any change they have laying around and this simple donation can also make them feel better as well.

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Goals of the program:

The obvious goal of the program is to raise money for UNICEF, but we also set other goals as well. We want to teach our community about UNICEF and how it benefits children around the world, by going around our community and asking for donations. We also want large groups to show up to our programs in order to raise more money, but to also have fun as well. Students are able to dress up if they like, so we make sure to have the program enjoyable, rather than making it seem like just a job.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The two years that I have participated in this program, my group has educated people of our community about UNICEF. Many have seen the commercials about UNICEF, but none of them truly understood what their mission was, and how small donations could change a child's life. We also teach other students at our school about UNICEF and how they can volunteer their time. We want to teach as many people as possible, so we ask the members of our group to bring friends, the resident assistant to bring their residents, and members of other groups to get their group involved as well. We always attempt to make the program as big as possible.

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Short evaluation of the program:

This year we had many last minute cancellations from people who said they would participate in our program, so we didn't have as many people as we hoped. We also went to other organizations, but many of them were busy with Halloweens within their halls. Fortunately, we had 14 people come and participate in the program. I think that we were very successful this year, because we raised $700 in less than two hours, with just 14 people. In previous years they have raised less money with many more people. We also had some of the participants dress up, so they definitely had fun with the program.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program can be easily adapted to any campus. On the UNICEF website there is a link of how to volunteer, and the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is under that section. The schools can either create their own organizations that volunteers for UNICEF and/or around the community, or they can have someone spearhead the program and simply order the supplies for the program. Each year our organization receives new collection boxes and sticker, so other school would be able to reuse them the following years if they didn't want to continuously order the boxes. Once the money is collected, the group can either send in a CoinStar receipt or deposit the money in a bank account and then donate the money on the website. Everything from ordering the supplies to sending in the money is relatively easy, and it is a great way to raise money and to get people involved.

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Date of entry into database: 2011-11-05 14:36:55

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