UW-Parkside Communication Department Organizes Donation Drive
SOMERS- UW-Parkside’s Communication Department will host a donation drive to collect items for various local non-profits such as Women and Children’s Horizons and Project Pick Me Up, a student founded non-profit organization that helps those in need. The donation drive is a part of a class project entitled “Communication in our Community” for an event planning class for Communication students minoring in Public Relations.
Collection boxes will be placed around campus to collect paper products, personal care items, paper goods, bath towels, washcloths, diapers, deodorant, razors, and tissues beginning Monday, April 1. There will also be a donation box located at the RecPlex, located at 9900 Terwall Terrace, in Pleasant Prairie.
The goal of “Comm Week” and “Communication in our Community” is to highlight the ways in which Communication students work with local organizations as part of their education. “The students in Comm 480 highlight the variety of possibilities that Communication majors and minors have access to because of UW-Parkside’s commitment to quality higher education and community-based learning for the last fifty years,” said Associate Professor of the Communication Department Adrienne Viramontes.
In addition to the donation drive, there will be a Communication and Careers panel, on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Bedford Hall in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities. The panel is open to the public and provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse job opportunities that the communication major can offer from five panelists from various parts of Southeastern Wisconsin. Immediately after the panel, there will be a networking reception in the Fine Arts Gallery from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Project Pick Me Up (PPMU) is a non-profit organization founded by UW-Parkside students. The organization acts as an acquisition service for resources needed by homeless shelters and soup kitchens both locally and abroad. The goal of PPMU is to provide goods to the less fortunate. PPMU sets up boxes in local businesses, schools and churches to collect items requested by charities.