Thursday, October 6, 2011 myBiz Blog
Morgridge Center update by Katie Coon

The  Morgridge Center is UW-Madison’s center for public service – connecting students, faculty and academic staff with nonprofits and the community through volunteerism, service-learning and community-based research.  Check myBiz each week for new ways to get involved.  This week: "Progress Through Business" and "Red and White Hunger Fight".

Progress Through Business

Progress Through Business addresses the needs of low and moderate-income individuals and communities through a variety of business-based approaches. We help in the creation and growth of companies located in underserved urban and rural communities. We assist employees and firms by improving practices and systems which improve financial stability, and address environmental concerns by working with partners who believe that economic development and sustainability go hand in hand. In essence, we take an integrated approach to addressing the needs of companies and low- and moderate-income people.

The Madison office of Progress Through Business is welcoming volunteers to participate in our free tax preparation and financial aid form assistance program. These services provide substantial value to the communities we work with. If you are interested in becoming a certified tax volunteer with us, we encourage you to attend an informational session. We will cover what it means to be a tax preparer, the training process, expectations of volunteers and sites for volunteers.

Please e-mail for more information.

Red and White Hunger Fight

The Red and White Hunger Fight is a campus wide food drive, providing Thanksgiving meals to over 500 families in the Madison area. 75+ student organizations are involved annually. This year’s Red and White Hunger Fight will begin with a food drive during Homecoming week. The Grand Prize will be tickets to a UW Men’s Basketball game and participation in an on-court recognition ceremony.

The 2011 Red and White Hunger Fight Schedule:

  1. Homecoming Food Drive (October 7th - October 13th)
    • Participants include: Student Organizations (Greeks and UW Housing)
    • Details: The Community Action Coalition will deliver and pick up barrels to participating student organizations
  2. “Tagging and Bagging” (November 6th and 13th)
    • Participants include: Athletic Teams and Student Organizations
    • Details: Community outreach approach. Groups are assigned a neighborhood area and place grocery bags with flyers on front porches (November 6th). One week later (November 13th), groups return to collect bags of food from each house
  3. BIG (Bring in Goods) Day (November 15th)
    • Participants include: Athletes, Student Orgs, Individual Students
    • Details: The CAC will deliver collected food to Ogg Hall – Philips Lounge where large groups of volunteers help to sort the food and pack boxes. The boxes are then loaded back onto CAC truck.
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