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UWGB Philanthropy Club makes strides with ‘Steps to Make a Difference Walk’

top-steps-differenceMore than 100 walkers raised $4,658 to be shared among four local charities in the Steps to Make a Difference Walk last Saturday, April 11. House of Hope, myTeam Triumph, Kenya Help, and Live54218 will benefit. The total includes a $2000 matching grant from the Giving 2.0 Foundation. The Phoenix Philanthropy Club members organized the event as part of their annual service project. The event raises money for local nonprofit organizations, and gives students — many of them Public Administration majors who are pursuing nonprofit management careers — leadership experience.

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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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Alumni rising: Recent grad Boss lights way for others in new career

Every day is a holiday for Chiara Boss and every door jingle is a gift.

The recent UW-Green Bay graduate is the volunteer and resource coordinator for Green Bay Habitat for Humanity Restore — a retail operation that profits from donated building materials and home improvement items to benefit the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity.

“At the ReStore, everyone benefits,” Boss says. “Donors get rid of things that they don’t have a use for, keeping useable materials out of the landfills. Customers get items at low cost and their purchases go towards the construction of Habitat homes in Brown County. I love that each day is different and you never know what to expect. Our inventory is constantly changing. Whether you are dropping off or purchasing, someone else is benefiting.”

One of Boss’s current responsibilities is to get the word out about a Christmas lights collection… working or not, strands of lights can be dropped off at the Restore — 2965 Ramada Way #B, Green Bay. Restore recycles the lights and the proceeds assist families in need in Brown County. Boss has been working with local media, e-mail lists and social media to spread the word.

The West De Pere native and 2013 University graduate, said UW-Green Bay played an important role in preparing her for her career. At UWGB she was able to major in public administration and specialize in nonprofit management. “UWGB played a significant role in the preparation for this job and gave me the background and skill set I needed to work in the nonprofit sector,” Boss said.

Direct opportunities to work for, and with, non-profit organizations while in college, also helped Boss develop a specialized skill set.

“Being on the leadership committee for the UWGB Steps to Make a Difference Walk in 2012 developed my special event and fundraising skills, while raising money for four local nonprofits. Working in various volunteer experiences with the Bay Area Humane Society, Hand-N-Hand, Women’s Fund of Green Bay and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin developed my passion to helping others. My most rewarding experience was helping to jump start the Civics Club, now known as the Phoenix Philanthropists.”

A part-time job in UW-Green Bay’s Advancement office also gave her a jump start on other recent graduates.

“It helped me to understand donor correspondence, leadership and fundraising skills, which are critical for working in the nonprofit sector.”

As it turns out, lighting the way for others turns out to be the perfect start to Boss’s new career.

Why recycle? Boss says…

• Recycling holiday lights keeps them out of the landfills. Landfill contribution from throwing away holiday lights poses a threat to wildlife. It is easy for animals to get tangled in or choked by the strands of lights.
• It can take 100-1000 years for holiday lights to decompose when they are thrown away.
• Your donation of holiday lights allows Restore to profit with proceeds given towards the construction of Habitat homes.
• You can receive a potential tax deduction from your donation.

New photos: Making a difference, one step at a time

Nearly 100 campus and community participants stepped out for a cause Saturday, Oct. 19, taking to the Cofrin Arboretum Trail for the eighth annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk. Organized by UW-Green Bay’s Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs, this year’s event raised more than $3,000 for four local nonprofit organizations: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Brown County, Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance, Harmony Café of Green Bay and Literacy Green Bay. And while raising funds is critical, organizers and beneficiaries alike say raising awareness is just as important. Check out our new feature post for more on the event and some great new photos.
 

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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Details on Steps to Make a Difference Walk

With one small step, you can make a difference in your community.

That’s the message UW-Green Bay student organizers are using to promote the 8th annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk this Saturday (Oct. 19) on the University campus. Walkers will follow a two- or four-mile course along the beautiful fall-color-filled trails of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk departing at 10 a.m. from the Mauthe Center, located just north of the Kress Events Center.

The walk is organized by the Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs. Through this event, student organizers become civically engaged and develop leadership skills. The Philanthropy Club has selected four local charities to benefit from this annual student-led fundraiser:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of BrownCounty (CASA)
  • Harmony Café of Green Bay
  • The Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance
  • Literacy Green Bay

Organizers say that, whether participants want to improve the lives of children or adults, people or the environment, 100 percent of the money raised in the Steps Walk has a real and immediate impact on local charities that address community’s needs.

The registration form is available online at  www.uwgb.edu/steps. The fee is $25 for non-students and $15 for students. (There’s a $5 discount for registering by Oct. 16. Donations made out to one of the four organizations listed above can also be mailed to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Philanthropy Club, Office of Student Life, UU150, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. Questions can be directed via email to wrobt27@uwgb.edu

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Take a step… to contribute to this Saturday’s student-organized charity walk

UW-Green Bay student organizers are promoting the 8th annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk this Saturday (Oct. 19) on the University campus. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk departing at 10 a.m. from the Mauthe Center, located just north of the Kress Events Center. The walk is organized by the Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs. Through this event, student organizers become civically engaged, develop leadership skills and raise money for local non-profits. The fee is $25 for non-students and $15 for students. (There’s a $5 discount for registering by Oct. 16.) Donations made out to one of the four organizations listed above can also be mailed to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Philanthropy Club via Student Life. See the news release for more details.