FSU’s United Campus Ministry’s Heifer Project Raises Over $9,200
For the third year, the United Campus Ministries at Frostburg State University has helped to organize the Heifer International Project here on campus and in the Frostburg community with the largest sum to date - $9,200. Half of the money raised at Frostburg will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and the other half will go to Heifer International efforts in third world countries.
Heifer International seeks to eliminate poverty in the world by providing animals to people living in third world countries and teaches them to become self-reliant for food and income. Heifer donors, volunteers, staff and project partners strive daily to build communities, distribute resources fairly, improve access to education and preserve our environment.
UCM’s participation in the Heifer Project began in the fall of 2003, when almost $850 was raised. In 2004, the Heifer Project raised $2,100. For the fall 2005 project, FSU Professor Tony Crosby decided to set an arc of $5,000. While $9,200 has been collected so far, donations are still being accepted through January.
The UCM board of directors helped to spearhead the project by beginning planning in the early summer months. Frostburg students and community church members helped to spread the word and all donated enthusiastically.
As part of its strategy, UCM joined with other campus and community organizations to raise money. The FSU organizations included the Social Work Alliance, National Residence Hall Honorary, Sierra Club, Student Government Association and Alpha Phi Omega. Allegany College of Maryland and area churches contributed as well.
According to Larry Neumark, UCM advisor, “It’s a win-win situation for the campus and the community when everyone has a willingness to work together.”
On campus, UCM members sat in the Lane University Center, made phone calls, church visits and sent thousands of e-mails in order to spread the word to donate. “It speaks volumes when students, faculty and staff are willing to give so generously,” Neumark said.
Throughout the years, UCM has always been an active part of the campus community. Its members have participated in the Salem’s Children’s Trust and volunteered many hours at the Western Maryland Food Bank as well as at local nursing homes.
Next fall, Neumark said he would like to expand the awareness to even more churches and organizations throughout the area, especially the ones time constraints prevented him from contacting this fall. Since the project exceeded its arc goal of $5,000 this year, Neumark could not estimate next year’s goal. “We’ll take it one day at a time,” he said.
To make a donation, send a check payable to the United Campus Ministry and send to Larry Neumark, Box 309, Lane University Center, Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532. For questions, please contact Larry Neumark at 301-687-7490 or email email@example.com. To learn more about Heifer International, visit www.heifer.org.