Month: December 2017


Community Service Program of the Month
NRHH Day of service

School: Florida Gulf Coast University Region: SAACURH
Person in charge: Kelsey Habermehl, Madalyn Opalsky, Johanna Capone Nominator: Brian Stover

Target Population: 27 Time Needed to Organize: 1 week
Number of People in Attendance: 17 Date(s) of Program: 12/9/17
Number of People Needed to Organize: 3 Cost of Program: $0 AMA walk/$125 Dinner/$176 hockey
On-Campus Population: 4700 Chapter Size: 47

Origin of Program:

The Eagle chapter of NRHH at Florida Gulf Coast University wanted to give current members as well as newly inducted members of the chapter a chance to get to know one another while also providing all members with their last opportunity to participate in a service event with the chapter for the semester. Every year our chapter attempts to hold its retreat during a service event and many years it had taken place during the annual relay for life event held on our campus, however as an executive board, we decided on changing this up in an attempt to not only allow more participation but increase the attendance of the retreat by our members. During this organization of the program the Director of Service, Vice President, and Treasurer of the chapter all took the lead on their own events that would take place during the day. Overall the chapter took part of three separate events on this day: The American Heart Association Heart Walk of Fort Myers, The Annual Teddy Bear Toss for the Florida Everblades (A local hockey team) and a dinner for our members to relax and socialize in between events

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Please give a short description of the program:

The first of the three events for this day of service was the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Fort Myers. For this event a group of 14 NRHH general body members and executive board members went to a local park and along with a larger group of Florida Gulf Coast University students and were among the over 1000 members of the local community who took part in this walk. As a chapter, the Eagle chapter managed to raise over two hundred dollars for this event, especially due to the efforts of the Director of Service Johanna Capone who was able to raise $200 on her own accord and was instrumental in coordinating the participation of our chapter at the event. During the event the chapter members were able to walk or run together during this 5k event and allowed them to bond as a chapter while still bringing awareness to the American Heart Association and their efforts.

After the heart walk, the chapter reunited again for a celebratory dinner at the apartment of our amazing adviser while also gathering to head out to the final event of the night, the Teddy Bear Toss. After the dinner as a group of 16 now, the members made their way to Germain arena, the local ice rink and home to the Florida Everblades. An annual event, the Teddy Bear Toss has fans bringing teddy bears and other assorted stuffed animals to the game and when the Everblades score their first goal of the game, fans launch the teddy bears onto the ice and the members of the Eagle chapter had the chance to help with this event by going down to the ice and assist in picking up the over 1000 Teddy bears and other stuffed animals that were covering the ice after an early goal was scored by the Everblades. All of the chapter members in attendance filled bag after bag of stuffed animals and assorted toys that were then taken by Toys for Tots and donated to local children's hospitals around the area and it was a great way for both the local community and our chapter to give back to those who need it most and it was especially nice being during the holiday season that we were able to help bring some hope and joy to the children of our local community.

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Goals of the program:

The main goals of the program was to give the members of our NRHH chapter the opportunity to mingle with one another while also helping our local community and providing these members a chance to have one last time together before finals and winter break arrived.

On the community service side, our goals were to first, raise money for the American Heart association by participating in the heart walk and second do our part to bring and collect teddy bears for our local minor league hockey team during their annual teddy bear toss event.

Beyond these goals, we also were hoping to create a stronger bond between our general body members and the executive board as there had been a small disconnect through the semester that we really wanted to fix before the start of the spring semester

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

Due to the efforts of our members we were able to successfully raise over $200 dollars for the American Heart association and raise awareness for the organization by social media postings including our members taking over the official snapchat for our office of housing and residence life. Second, we were able to see a very positive growth in the connections between all members and lasting friendships were created due to the time spent on the walk and during the dinner between events.

Our organization also played a large role when the home team scored within 10 minutes and over 4000 teddy bears and other assorted stuffed animals and toys were thrown onto the ice and our members collected over 30 bags full of the toys and stuffed animals that were all donated to the local toys for tots branch.

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Short evaluation of the program:

Overall the program was a huge success! We were able to help our community while also creating the bonds we hoped for between our members and our community members as well. We hope that these days of service will become something of an annual event for our organization and to see them grow even more to help other aspects of our community and give our members even more opportunities to take what they do for the day and create chances for our members to do even more for our community by creating connections beyond our group efforts.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program could be adapted to other campuses by seeing what local service events are happening and seeing if there are any days where there are both daytime and nighttime events. Other campuses could also arrange this into a week of service or other timeframe if it better fits the availability of their organization and needs of their community. THe prices for our events can easily be lowered or raised for example the dinner could be a potluck giving all members a chance to bring their own food, which would lower the cost greatly. Additionally, the hockey game required us to buy our own tickets but other service events can be free for the entire organization to participate like the heart walk, we just have done that specific event for five years in a row now so we like to continue that tradition. Other than these factors, this program can also translate to other organizations and can be catered to the needs of the organization to further that organization.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-01-09 22:35:47

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