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400 give time to charity events


By Ariel Serafin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, November 21, 2005
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Low faculty turnout tempers enthusiasm

Although nearly 400 students showed up for Saturday's All Campus Philanthropy event, organizers were disappointed with the lack of faculty and staff volunteers.

The University Activities Board's Project Volunteer Committee organized the philanthropy event, which is in its 19th year at the UA.

Hanees Haniffa, executive director of Project Volunteer, said he thought the event was an overall success because no issues such as inadequate volunteers or insufficient places to work had come up.

However, Haniffa said he was disappointed that Project Volunteers' attempts to get faculty and staff involved by sending them invitations and memos had been in vain.

Project Volunteer made a special effort to send out 3-D memos and Listserv messages to departments, asking them to join the volunteering efforts over the weekend, Haniffa said.

But almost no staff turned out for the event, which was a disappointment for organizers and students alike, Haniffa said.

"It would have meant a lot to (students) if faculty and staff came out and gave them a pat on the back and worked alongside them," Haniffa said.

Students involved in the event arrived on the UA Mall at 7 a.m., and were assigned projects at locations like the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, day care centers, nursing homes and libraries.

However, many students said the experience was not what they had expected.

Danielle Brown, an education freshman, said although she enjoyed her time playing bingo and eating sherbet at a nursing home, she was disappointed that she didn't get to do something more difficult and helpful.

Brown said she didn't think the distribution of the projects was fair, and she wished she had been able to do something like paint, which members of some groups got to do.

"That's what I got up for at 6 a.m., not to eat ice cream," Brown said.

Liz Feller-Howard, a pre-business sophomore, said she agreed her philanthropy wasn't difficult, but she had a great time helping out nonetheless.

Feller-Howard spent her time packing books and getting rid of boxes at a library, which was a good chance to socialize while helping the community.

"It was a good opportunity to talk and meet new people," Feller-Howard said.

Pat Trimble, an accounting junior, said he thought his experience painting at a nursing home was fun and rewarding.

Trimble said the staff was grateful, and the experience helped remind him about the importance of helping others.

"In college especially, you get caught up in your life," Trimble said. "It's good to go out and see how other people live and see their hardships."



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