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Patient families will get a boost from Leadership student donation

Author: Casey M Fryda

Monday December 15, 2014

Students raise funds for Altrusa House to enhance environment for families of hospitalized patients

Local college students have worked for months to make life a little more comfortable for the families of critically ill patients. This week, they will donate the results to Altrusa House in Green Bay.

The students are part of NWTC's Team Building/Problem Solving course. Students have been creating fund-raising projects all semester to replace and repair worn-out furniture at the Altrusa House. Altrusa House is a non-profit lodging solution for patients and families who need a place to stay while they or their loved ones receive care in a Green Bay area hospital. Students sought to provide a more comfortable atmosphere for patients and families staying there. This “home away from home” has been there for families in need and is now in need of help from the community.

On Dec. 6, the students hosted a charity event at Replay Sports Bar & Grill in De Pere, which is owned and operated by NWTC Business Management graduate Bryan VanderBloomen.  As a result of student solicitation, local businesses and special sponsors had donated over 30 items which were raffled at this event.  Students contributed countless hours to this fundraising effort, including the sale of Perkins pies, “Change for change” collection jars, a Panera Bread’s Altrusa night, and the sale of Papa Murphy’s pizza discount cards. 

As of the end of this semester, the current Team Building/Problem Solving class has raised $3,446.12 for the Altrusa Club of Green Bay for Altrusa house.  When combined with last summer’s class efforts, where an additional $242.53 was raised, a total of $3,688.65 is being given to the Altrusa House to aid in conducting its important work.  

Team Building/Problem Solving, taught by veteran business instructor Andrew (Andy) Clark, is part of the NWTC Leadership Development associate degree program. In January, 2014 the Altrusa Club of Green Bay was fortunate to develop a relationship with NWTC’s service learning program and Andy.  The “service learning” model allows students to take on real projects, problems and opportunities in their community on behalf of non-profits in need.  This collaboration has provided a meaningful way for the Altrusa Club to raise awareness for their causes and mentor altruistic values for NWTC students.  Last semester’s class redecorated one of the guest rooms, gathered paper products and successfully submitted a grant to Home Depot to acquire a new washer and dryer.

On Thursday, December 18, at 10:00 am, students will be presenting the Altrusa House staff with a check – proceeds from their team activities this semester.
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