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UNCG HRL and Make-A-Wish

By the close of the spring 2016 semester, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff raised a total of $7,016.82 for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina.  They received many donations from the student body and community to make this possible.

Katie Patschke-McGuire, a coordinator for Residence Life for HRL, organized this fundraising effort to incorporate the institution’s motto of service into the daily lives of the resident advisors (RAs) at UNCG. HRL partnered with Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina in August, 2015. HRL set a fundraising goal of $6,000 to representatively fund the average cost of a wish for a local child facing a life-threatening medical condition.

The RA Make-A-Wish Committee was formed, including at least one RA from each of the residential communities in order to effectively organize fundraising initiatives. 21 students, almost 18 percent of the RAs on campus, volunteered to help. As part of the committee, these enthusiastic students were responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts within their halls. Fundraising programs included “pie-your-RA,” competitive penny wars, “Star Walls” and more.

They also created campus-wide initiatives to raise money. From November to January, donation bins were placed in each residence hall and residents were encouraged to donate any articles of clothing they no longer wanted or wore. The clothing was washed and prepped, and a “Pop-Up Thrift Shop” was set up in the EUC for two days in February, 2016. All proceeds were included with the Make-A-Wish funds and any unsold clothing was donated to Backpack Beginnings and the Salvation Army.

By raising the average cost of a wish, HRL staff will also have the opportunity to host a Welcome Home party for a local wish family.

Questions? Contact Chris Gregory, cdgregor@uncg.edu.

Editor’s note: Copy updated and revised 7/6/2016.