Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Findlay came together during a Toys for Tots party on December 6; sponsored by Student Activities Board, the Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services and Leadership Development, and the Campus Safety and Emergency Management Office. The party, held at the Alumni Memorial Union, culminated the four weeks of donations made by the University of Findlay community. The original goal was to donate 300 toys on campus, helping the U.S. Marine Corps, Salvation Army, and CHOPIN Hall to provide toys to Hancock County children in need. The Toys for Tots drive more than doubled its goal by providing over 650 toys.
The University of Findlay and Sodexo collected nearly 100,000 pounds of nonperishable food during the 12th year of its annual Helping Hands Food Drive; exceeding last years record of 78,000 pounds. The food has been donated to CHOPIN Hall, a Findlay nonprofit that serves people within the region. David P. Harr, director of dining services for Sodexo at UF stated “This event definitely shows our commitment to helping others and to helping out our neighbors. It also shoes that this is truly a community event.” Contributing partners included Fresh Encounter, Findlay Kroger stores, both Walmart Supercenters, Garner Trucking, and Findlay Publishing Company. Since 2008, the University of Findlay has led the nation each year with the pounds collected compared to other institutions served by Sodexo.
University of Findlay Circle K’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon raised $40,967 on November 11 supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The student-run, family-friendly fundraiser featured dancing, food, games, and an auction. Students celebrated coming together for the event by donning colorful apparel and chanting “For The Kids!” Their effort combined with support from the Findlay Community helped surpass the original goal of $40,000.
The University of Findlay and Cosiano Health Center will be hosting their annual Health and Wellness Fair on September 21st from 10 AM to 1PM. The fair, which is free and open to the community, will take place at the Alumni Memorial Union on campus. Participants in this year’s fair include dental health, diabetes health, naloxone education, HPV education, and more. People can also get free blood pressure and BMI screenings. UF Faculty and Staff can receive a $15 flu shot and students free with their valid university ID.
The University of Findlay’s Psychology program will be offering Raising Kids Today, a seven-part series of free, public-health driven information sessions to assist caregivers with raising children. These monthly sessions will include practical information, including scientific research, in the Ritz Auditorium. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation that will go to the Hope House including canned food, toilet paper, diapers, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. Some topics covered will include empowering girls, promoting high quality sleeping habits, and optimizing extracurricular activity involvement.