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Monday, June 20, 2016

UACCM Student Organizations Raise Money for Heifer International

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton student organizations joined together to raise money for Heifer International and well exceeded their goal.  The donation from their joint endeavor totaled $1965.00, nearly four times the goal of $500.
UACCM organizations Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Computer Information Systems, Student Surveyors, Student Nursing Association, and Baptist Collegiate Ministry all worked together in a month-long campaign to raise the funds.  The groups held their own fund raisers, and business sponsorships were obtained to sponsor the #UACCMHeifersHelpers, which raised money every time someone used it on social media.
While the original goal was to raise money to donate a heifer, enough was raised to allow for the donation of the following items:  three heifers, one goat, one pig, one sheep, one trio of rabbits, one gift of honeybees, and a flock of chicks.  Cindy Thompson, UACCM instructor and Pi Beta Lambda advisor, said, “The PBL students left their September visit to Heifer International excited to contribute to their mission. To maximize the impact they could make, they invited other student organizations to join them in raising money to donate a heifer and immediately realized the goal would not only be met but almost quadrupled. UACCM’s first campus-wide community service project was a success because of the vision, dedication, and commitment of these students.”

Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.  According to their website, Heifer’s mission is to do more than put food in the mouths of hungry people, it is to help people feed themselves.  The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability and self-reliance.  To do this, they use the strategy of Pass on the Gift, which means, “As people share their animals' offspring with others, along with their knowledge, resources and skills, an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.”


For more information about UACCM’s student organizations, visit www.uaccm.edu.

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