OPERATION GIVE BACK UMF – warming our community, one hand and one heart at a time.

UMF’s Education club, Student MEA, is tackling the issue of poverty this semester through a grant they received from the National Education Association.  The group’s focus is to better prepare teachers by providing community engagement activities that promote understanding of their student’s various situations and circumstances. “It is important for students to get involved within the community and MEA is the way to do it for future teachers” says Jessica Freeborn, the current Student MEA Treasurer.

Operation Give Back UMF is a campaign that UMF’s Education club, Student MEA, will be co-sponsoring with other UMF clubs and UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement this semester.  “Our project is all about making an effort to set up students (in our regional schools) for success in the classroom by making sure they have access to their basic needs outside of the classroom,”  said Chelsea Oliver, the current state representative to the MEA at UMF.

Operation Give Back UMF will be hosting a Kick-off Event on Wednesday, February 1st at 5:30 p.m. in the Landing on campus.  All are welcome to attend.  Free admission and food.  Guests are encouraged to bring an item to donate to help out a child in need in our region – mittens, hats, gloves, snow pants or canned goods are all on the high needs list right now.  A panel of guest speakers from the United Way, Western Maine Community Action and RSU 9 Superintendent Thomas Ward will be talking about poverty in our community and what they see on a daily basis.

We encourage all students to attend this event.  No matter your major or year we would love to have you attend the event and hear what you can do to contribute to strengthening our sense of community here at UMF – and in so doing help strengthen our regional community. #OperationGiveBackUMF

Other events are being planned for the spring semester – get involved – lend your hand and give from your heart to help students in our community.