Notre Dame staff supports Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger drive

first_imgAcross the country, Hunger Action month spans throughout September, educating the nation about widespread hunger in the United States and fighting to help those in need. Many members of Notre Dame’s community have come together the past nine years to conduct the food drive, Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger, each September to raise money and awareness for the same cause, with proceeds going towards two groups: the People Gotta Eat initiative, under United Way of St. Joseph County, and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. The drive seeking donations will run from September 9 to 29. Anne Kolaczyk, chair of the event, noted one in four kids in northern Indiana go to bed hungry each night. The funds raised for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana will go towards a specific “backpack program,” she said.“[The backpack program] gives kids in need a backpack of food to take home with them over the weekend, so that they have food to eat over the weekend,” Kolaczyk said. Kolaczyk explained the drive is largely run by Notre Dame staff, rather than students. “This is not one of the sanctioned charities that Notre Dame collects money for,” Kolaczyk said. “This is basically just kind of a grassroots effort to ease the hunger situation in the community.”She said the drive is a group effort among many departments, coordinated by Kolaczyk, to collect money for the two initiatives. However, there are some individuals who work apart from their departments to raise money for the initiatives. “There are many people across campus whose departments are not doing anything [with the drive] because they can’t spare the time or the manpower, but they still donate,” Kolaczyk said. She explained that, while some departments go all out and try to raise money, there are many individuals on campus who donate directly to the initiative websites rather than departmental fundraising. Kolaczyk, who works in OIT, explained how her department raises funds for the event. “I plan different things. Somebody donated some tickets to [a home football game this season], so I offered them for sale and somebody bought them,” she said. “I was able to take that money and it will go into the pot that goes to the food drive.”She said the OIT department runs a pot-luck pizza, salad and desert lunch to collect money for the drive. “We usually raise about 400 dollars that way,” Kolaczyk said. The finance division also participates in the Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger challenge. Mark Zeese, who works in the controller’s office in the finance division, said the finance division divides everyone into teams for a “loose change challenge.”“In essence, everybody throws in their loose change or dollar bills … that goes towards their team totals,” Zeese said. “As kind of an incentive or reward, our employees are allowed to wear blue jeans on Friday, which is kind of special because we obviously dress professional during the school year.”Zeese said when people notice the employees wearing blue jeans, it serves as a reminder that September is Hunger Awareness month.  Among the hundred or so employees, the teams collectively raise $1000 to $1300 each year for Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger, Zeese said. Kolaczyk said monetary donations to food bank can be more beneficial to those in need, rather than buying canned goods and other food items.  “One dollar that’s donated can provide up to eight or nine meals for someone just because the food bank and the food pantries have so much buying power that if we went out and we bought a jar of spaghetti sauce and some pasta we might spend three dollars, where with three dollars [they] can do so much more because they can buy things at a discount,” Kolaczyk said. “That’s why we mainly ask for money not for food.”There will also be a collection for Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger at the game day Mass on Sunday following the New Mexico game. Tags: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, food drive, Hunger action month, people gotta eatlast_img read more

Beyond relief: Why Project Storm Break matters

first_img180,000 homes. 30,000 buildings. 150,000 lives. Tuesday, January 12, 2010 will forever be a day Haitians remember with a sense of sorrow. Members throughout Haiti’s credit union movement were hurting. Their lives were turned upside down by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that had just rocked the nation, disrupting daily life for many—not just in the days, weeks, and months ahead—but for more than a year afterward. Food, water, shelter and medical supplies were essential to survive. Access to financial resources were essential to getting family and friends a lifeline of cash to get them through the storm.The World Council of Credit Unions galvanized its global cooperative network in putting out the call to acquire and distribute crucial supplies, financial resources, and communication tools to reach their members and colleagues with this vital support to rebuild. Providing life-saving support to members is the primary goal, but the long-term results transformed Haiti’s credit union system forever. Increased member loyalty to credit unions as financial providers, membership gains across the sector, and the creation of Haiti HOME—a WOCCU/USAID project—that has fueled the creation of a larger market for housing finance and infrastructure where builders, financiers and members all win.Fast forward to 2017, when Hurricane Maria damaged the island of Dominica, disrupting 90% of its GDP, damaging credit union branches and the headquarters of the Dominican Cooperative Societies League Ltd. (DCSLL)—forcing its leaders to look at other strategies to get its cooperative system back on its feet, while serving its members more efficiently for the long term. A key outcome was a multi-year partnership between DCSLL and the Indiana Credit Union League to share best practices, strategic initiatives and provide technical cooperation. Would a partnership such as this have been created without initial disaster relief aid? Project Storm Break (PSB), a new initiative launched by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, seeks to address a logistical glitch in providing relief aid: the process of putting out the call for support on a global scale versus responding immediately with resources during the critical period of life or death for our members. Year one of PSB was a tremendous success, as we were able to raise over $100,000 for the Foundation’s general disaster relief fund to serve this specific purpose. DCSLL General Manager Phoenix Belfield, speaking at the Foundation’s Champion Celebration at the 2019 World Credit Union Conference, described the care and impact of contributions to Dominica from personal experience:“Because of your resolve, I stand here today, assured that someone from our movement is out there—someone to lend help and support. Excitement permeated my veins at the thought of our movement being concerned about our tiny island. That made me forget that I hadn’t had a warm meal in 72 hours or a cold drink in five days. Donations have been spent to provide immediate member relief, support long-term physical reconstruction of credit union branches and provided a financial ripple effect, as local funds were redirected to provide waivers of loan repayment of up to four months for our needy members.”Credit union disaster relief aid will always be about supporting the survival needs of staff and members in the days and weeks after a disaster. But there is also an opportunity for long-term growth. Providing immediate resources to credit unions is a vital first step, but this period of disruption also offers an opportunity for strategic cooperative collaboration among credit union peers.  Every dollar matters. Project Storm Break will be active, open and relevant as natural disasters continue to strike and disrupt credit unions, and the lives of their members. Beyond initial aid, as Haiti and Dominica have proven, opportunities arise to take a step back and strategically pivot in deploying strategies that make credit unions systems—and their collaborative partnerships—stronger and more sustainable. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Reuter Mike Reuter is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, the 501c3 charitable nonprofit that supports the World Council of Credit Unions in its mission of providing … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Matt LaFleur injury update: Packers coach wheels around OTAs

first_img“I think as long as I handle my business and follow the doctors’ orders, I don’t foresee it being an issue come Week 1. As far as limitations during the preseason, there might be some, you might see me in a boot on the sideline. But like I said, I’m going to take it one day at a time right now.”In the weeks since workouts began, LaFleur had stayed active and been seen running around the field with his players, something he said he missed Tuesday. Four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman retires as a 49er, one-day contract or not Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (calf) to be re-evaluated before minicamp They see me rollin’, they hatin’Head Coach Matt LaFleur is whippin’ around in a golf cart for today’s OTAs 🤟🏽 #ManOnAMission— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) June 4, 2019LaFleur suffered a torn Achilles playing basketball last Wednesday and underwent surgery Sunday to repair the ruptured tendon.”I know I’m supposed to be off it for the next four weeks or so,” LaFleur told reporters. “Hopefully I’ll be back at least in a walking boot by training camp. … I know a few years back, I remember when Sean Payton broke his leg on the sideline. I don’t anticipate coaching from the press box or anything like that. Related News “Today was not what I’d like to be doing,” LaFleur said. “I’d like to be hands-on in the drills, but again, I’ve just got to adjust to it, make the best of it and make sure that our communication is spot on in terms of the expectations of what we want to get done each and every day. From a competition standpoint, in terms of not being able to go down there and play basketball a little bit, that’s brutal. I don’t know how I’m going to stay in shape.”LaFleur, 39, joined the Packers in January after serving as offensive coordinator for the Titans in 2018. He was hired after Green Bay parted ways with longtime coach Mike McCarthy in December following a 4-7-1 start to last season.The Packers finished 6-9-1 for third in the NFC North, marking the first time Green Bay had missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2005 and 2006. Injury be damned, Matt LaFleur isn’t letting anything slow down his first season at the helm in Green Bay.The new Packers coach was seen wheeling around OTAs on Tuesday, alternating back and forth between a golf cart and a scooter as he coached his players and spoke to reporters. Packers coach Matt LaFleur throws out first pitch at charity game in walking bootlast_img read more