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Annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk has a $2,000 match this year

top-difference-walkThere aren’t many student-run charity walks that can boast raising more than $45,000 in five years. But the UW-Green Bay Steps to Make a Difference Walk can claim just that.

This year’s annual walk will be held on Saturday, April 11 beginning at 10 a.m. and starting at the Mauthe Center. The walk, organized by the Phoenix Philanthropy Club, helps to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations and encourages the UW-Green Bay community to step up and help others. This year the Club has a matching gift opportunity of $2,000 from the Giving 2.0 Foundation in California — one of only six pilot chapters of University chapters in the U.S. to receive the gift match.

All proceeds go to local organizations. This year’s nonprofits are House of Hope, Live 54218, My Team Triumph, and Kenya Help. The cost is $15 for students older than 12 and $25 for non-students with an early bird discount for those who register prior to April 6. Kids under 12 walk for free.

The walk winds along the campus perimeter through the Arboretum trails for two miles, before ending at the Mauthe Center for refreshments.

This walk is part of the larger Make a Difference Day, held annually in October. While this year’s walk will be held in April, it encourages the same idea: get involved and help others.

“It’s important to get these nonprofits out there,” said Stephanie Krupski, co-chair of the Steps Walk planning committee, “I didn’t know two of the nonprofits before this, so it’s great to get their names out there and raise money for them and awareness.”

The Steps to Make a Difference Walk began in 2002 when the Public and Nonprofit Management Class originally designed and implemented the walk. The walk has garnered national attention and was a USA Weekend finalist for the Make a Difference award.

The guiding principle of the walk is to give 100 percent of the donations made by walkers to the nonprofit organizations. This year, the Steps Walk received a matching gift from the Giving 2.0 organization.

“Anything raised up to $2000 is matched,” said Krupski. “That is our ideal, but we’re always shooting for the stars.”

While local nonprofits benefit, students do as well. Each year, the walk involves more than two dozen student organizations, providing opportunities for more than 200 students to give back to the community.

The walk is entirely student run, providing students with leadership opportunities and a way to gain experience that can help them succeed in the future. Since 2002, more than a dozen students involved with the walk have gone into entry-level management positions of nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Many students also note the event as memorable on the alumni survey and return to complete the walk after graduation.

“I think it’s just an awesome opportunity to be involved in as a student, and it’s important to my career aspirations and my goals as well,” said Krupski, “I think it’s cool that we have some freshmen involved in it. It’s been great to see their ambitions and aspirations blossom too.”

To register, visit Steps to Make a Difference Walk.

Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication

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Students, Ruzek featured in Make a Difference Day story

A group of UW-Green Bay students and director of continuing education Joy Ruzek were featured Sunday (Oct. 26) in a Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter story about this weekend’s annual Make a Difference Day. The students were among 50 to 75 volunteers who turned out to assist with landscaping improvements at the low-income Southfield Townhouses in Manitowoc. Ruzek oversees the townhouse project and was able to use $5,000 in grant money to purchase mulch, materials for benches, two garden sheds and numerous plants and shrubs, the story says. “If you saw what it looked like before and saw what it looks like now, it is night and day difference,” Ruzek said. “What’s nice about that is residents feel like they don’t have anything of their own, so by having all this planted, they feel like it is more home for them. They have something outside that makes it feel like their own.” Full story.

Making a Difference: Fox 11 segment highlights Learning in Retirement

At nearly 1,000 members strong, UW-Green Bay’s Learning in Retirement program is one of the largest in the country. As Log readers may know (some from personal experience), LIR offers myriad course opportunities for area retirees, allowing participants to enrich their knowledge, learn new skills, stay active and have fun. WLUK, Fox 11’s Michelle Melby recently spent some time on campus, interviewing organizers and participants and capturing some of the action for the station’s Making a Difference segment. You can watch her report (which may make you wish you were retired, too).

Making a difference: Annual ‘Steps’ walk raises funds for nonprofits

Nearly 100 participants laced up their walking shoes Saturday, Oct. 19, taking to the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum trails for the eighth annual UW-Green Bay Steps to Make a Difference Walk.

Held to celebrate national Make a Difference Day, this year’s event raised more than $3,000 for four local nonprofit organizations that were chosen by student organizers. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County (CASA), Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance, Harmony Café of Green Bay and Literacy Green Bay are the beneficiaries of this year’s walk.

“We at CASA of Brown County are so appreciative of being chosen as a charity recipient for the very well-organized and hugely successful Steps to Make a Difference Walk,” said Connie Greenawald, CASA director. “The students involved should all be very proud, as not only did the walk raise funds for four organizations, but it and they also raised awareness, which sometimes can be even more valuable. Thank you to all who participated — you have invested in the abused and neglected children of Brown County.”

Organized by UW-Green Bay’s Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs, the student-led walk offered participants their choice of a two-or four-mile course along the beautiful fall-color-filled trails of the Cofrin Arboretum. The event offers a terrific chance for students to get involved, said Teresa Wroblewski, Philanthropy Club president and Steps to Make a Difference Walk chair.

“The Steps to Make a Difference Walk is about providing students with the opportunity to organize a fundraiser, while making a difference along the way,” Wroblewski said. “Students work firsthand with four local nonprofits, by not only raising money for them, but also by raising awareness of why these nonprofits matter in the community. This is a great way for students to not only get involved but also to show that they care about the future well-being of our community.”

More information about the Steps to Make a Difference Walk is available online and on Facebook.

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Reminder: Make a Difference Day events on campus, in the community

Looking to make a difference this weekend? It’s not too late to get involved in UW-Green Bay-sponsored Make a Difference Day events. As we told you here previously, our campus will host or be involved in coordinating events and volunteer opportunities throughout the community, beginning Saturday (Oct. 27) morning with the annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk. Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, with the walk to follow at 10 on the Cofrin Arboretum Trail. A bit later Saturday, Housing and Residence Life will host the “Spooktacular” Halloween celebration from noon-4 p.m. at the Kress Events Center. Res Life also is coordinating a variety of volunteer opportunities in the community. Click the links for more details on Saturday’s events:
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‘Spooktacular’ event to be held Oct. 27 at Kress Events Center

UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life is coordinating a ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween-themed event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Kress Center. Held in conjunction with the national Make a Difference Day initiative, ‘Spooktacular’ invites Green Bay-area children for an afternoon of activities, games, candy and more. The event is free and open to the public, and participating children will receive free admission to the Phoenix women’s basketball game at 2 p.m. Full details.

UW-Green Bay Housing presents ‘Spooktacular’ Make a Difference Day event

Green Bay-area children and their families are invited to attend a “Spooktacular” Halloween-themed event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Kress Events Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Organized by UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life, the free Spooktacular event will feature Halloween-themed games, candy and plenty of fun. Children of all ages are encouraged to come in costume and can choose from such games and activities as Plinko, pumpkin decorating, face-painting, ring toss, a bouncy house, pumpkin bowling and more.

The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team plays a Kress Center exhibition home game at 2 p.m. that day, and Phoenix fans are encouraged to come early and enjoy the festivities. Kids will receive wristbands upon arrival and will receive free admission to the game, with tickets available for parents to purchase. A women’s basketball sign-making station will be among the activities Spooktacular attendees can enjoy.

The Spooktacular event is being held in conjunction with Make a Difference Day, a national effort designed to encourage volunteerism and making a positive difference in one’s community. UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life is coordinating an additional community outreach effort, with students signing up to rake leaves and volunteer at a nursing home, the local Humane Society and elsewhere.

More information on Make a Difference Day is available at www.makeadifferenceday.com. For more on UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life, visit www.uwgb.edu/housing/.

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