We Raised the Dough! $2,645 in total, putting us just over our $2500 goal.
In February, Campus Kitchen at UGA participated in a week-long challenge against Campus Kitchens across the country to raise the most money and awareness for our program. We did this by sharing our stories on social media, by promoting Kroger Community Rewards donations, and by reaching out to our friends, family, and alumni to support our cause. We are so glad to have so many donors and so much community support for CKUGA!
Since joining the Executive board as Treasurer last fall, this is the largest fundraiser I’ve participated in thus far. It’s been such a good time and I’ve learned so much in the process. One of my favorite aspects of participating in the fundraiser was reading all the stories from fellow students and senior clients through our “Humans of New York” style social media campaign. Our Public Relations Intern, Madison, did a wonderful job of gathering dozens of photos and quotes from our Leadership Team about why they fight hunger and what they love about CKUGA. With help from fellow interns Dhairya, Alaina and Aiden, photos and quotes from our senior clients about what Campus Kitchen means to them were also gathered during meal deliveries to clients or during beyond the meal programming. These stories were so heartfelt and it was great to hear the personal impact on our students and clients. Here are a couple of my favorite posts that appeared on our social media this past week.
"This food from Campus Kitchen helps to sustain my budget, this has been so helpful; and to have fresh home-grown vegetables and home-made meals, it's just been a blessing. We thank you so very much, and we look forward to the kids coming all the time!" -Judy Lavergne, Campus Kitchen UGA client
"I fight hunger because sharing is caring. I love Campus Kitchen because we fight hunger by reducing waste. Nutrition is too important to health to allow people in our community to go without food. Senior citizens are often an overlooked population in Athens, and Campus Kitchen does a great job serving the underserved and showing them that we care!" -Diana Ricketts, Sunday meal planning shift leader
Seeing the way so many of our Executive board and Leadership Team came together, each with different talents and responsibilities, to make this campaign such a success was really awesome to witness. I enjoyed brainstorming ideas for what we could use this funding for with the whole team. From Lunch Buddy meals for our clients to sustainable materials and even a multi-cooker, it was exciting to see the possibilities for us to expand our operations.
Another exciting opportunity we had to promote Raise the Dough was during UGA’s Zero Waste Extravaganza. We were able to join many other organizations that work in sustainability, eliminating waste, and recycling as well as with Patagonia’s Worn Wear College Tour. Patagonia has been traveling across the nation, visiting different universities to promote and teach students how to fix clothing that’s broken or properly recycle items when they’re beyond repair. The donations we received from students at the Zero Waste Extravaganza included ice packs, warm clothing, and art supplies—great resources for our operations.
Overall, we are grateful for a successful fundraiser and want to thank everyone who donated or shared our stories! If you weren’t able to donate during our Raise the Dough campaign, check back with us next month during the 5th annual LEAD Athens Moonlight 5K, where proceeds will benefit CKUGA.