The results are in: we would like to announce that we have awarded grants to five different ELCA Campus Ministries and ELCA colleges. These grants will be used as seed money to inspire educational activities and fund-raising on campus beginning this spring and continuing through the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Thanks to a generous gift from the Sorenson family, money raised for the ELCA Malaria Campaign on ALL college campuses (not just those who received grants) will be matched dollar for dollar!
Sorenson Grants have been awarded to the following campuses and campus ministries. Highlights of their program plans are included– there’s a wealth of creativity on our campuses!
- Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD: Their “Be the Change” campaign will leverage even the smallest of gifts into a life-saving opportunity. An inter-dormitory competition will get everyone involved in a spirit of friendly competition; a “Munching against Malaria” campaign will collect everyone’s loose change in M&M containers; visibility will be increased as key leaders don red shoes, shirts and hair; connections will be made with Augustana alumni to leverage donations; a campus-wide awareness-raising event will include pinning malaria clothespins on the clothes and backpacks of unsuspecting “malaria victims”. (Coordinator: Michaela Bernard)
- Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of North Dakota: Lutheran Campus Ministry is collaborating with the Board of Student Athletes to provide opportunities for education and fundraising at sporting events during the next two academic years. Christus Rex Campus Ministry will take the lead in providing educational and awareness-raising activities on campus. (Coordinator: Colleen Maki)
- Luther College, Decorah, IA: The Luther Student Congregation is planning a multitude of events to raise money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Chief among these are the Spring Fling and the Fall Fling, events that give students the opportunity to go serve the community. In return, those who receive the service donate money, which will be designated to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Other events in the life of Luther College will also be utilized as fundraising opportunities for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. (Coordinator: Daniel Baldwin)
- Lutheran Campus Ministry at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA: LCM plans to hire a peer minister whose primary task would be to head up their Malaria Campaign in the coming academic years. This peer minister will coordinate informational kiosks on campus and a documentary night at the campus theater, where LCM will show “A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria.” LCM will also provide information and solicit donations at the 2012 5K Fun Run held on campus, and place ads in the campus newspaper. (Coordinator: Terry Hannon)
- Wartburg College, Waverly, IA: Wartburg Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry plans to partner with many other student organizations to make the ELCA Malaria Campaign visible at many events in the life of Wartburg College. It will incorporate students, faculty, staff and alumni into its programming. There will be an intentional education phase, during which trained teams of students give presentations to a variety of groups on campus. A craft project (making “malaria piggy banks”) will engage the creativity of the Wartburg community, and offer opportunities for collecting change for the campaign. A Malaria Benefit Concert featuring student and alumni performers will be the capstone fundraising event. (Coordinator: Kelsey Nulph)
Please join me in celebrating the creatvity, compassion and energy of our Lutheran students!
And also… please join me in contacting other ELCA colleges and campus ministries to let them know that FUNDING IS STILL AVAILABLE! We will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis as funding allows. New deadline is May 1, 2012. (Click here for more information.)