Mount students raise funds, homes and awareness

More than 50 percent of the Mount’s 2,700 students volunteer through service clubs or in the field as a requirement of coursework. 

Throughout the spring semester of 2011, students have been hard at work organizing, fundraising, preparing and sending care packages, and re-building a home. Here are some of their projects. 

Preparing care packages for our troops

Mount Saint Mary College’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity acquired donations and organized Mount students to package and mail annual care packages for the troops.Students prepared about 120 packages, containing nonperishable snacks, playing cards, and toiletries, on February 23, 2011 for U.S. troops stationed overseas

Building a home with Habitat for Humanity

Instead of basking on the beach during spring break, 14 students from Mount Saint Mary College’s Habitat for Humanity club traveled to Cookeville, Tenn., where they helped build a home for a single mom and her children. The students were aided by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and the sweat equity of the homeowners-to-be.

Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society

Members of the Mount Saint Mary College community, and more than 28 teams, put in 12 hours on the track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society from 4 pm Friday, April 1 to  4 am on Saturday, April 2. Opening ceremonies at the Relay for Life include a Survivor Lap and the lighting of luminaries all around the Kaplan Gym in memory of those lost to cancer. 

To make a donation online to Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlife.org/mtstmary

Relief 9.0: The Mount Reaches Out 

Mount students formed an organization called Relief 9.0: The Mount Reaches Out, to help aid in Japan relief efforts after the earthquakes and tsunami.  Relief 9.0 hosted the Cause for Japan, a two-hour Zumba fitness session at Kaplan Gym on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 4 - 6 pm with eight Zumba fitness specialists. Proceeds from this event went to UNICEF.  

Students visit Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC to present donation to Dubin Breast Center

Dubin Breast Center donation
Ten Mount student leaders presented Eva Dubin and the Mount Sinai Medical Center with a check in the amount of $5,000 for the new Dubin Breast Center, which will officially open on April 6, 2011.

During a tour of this extraordinary new center, Dr. Eva Dubin (a breast cancer survivor herself) told us with great conviction that "Our goal for the center is to bring together the best minds in radiology, medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, pathology, clinical genetics, psychosocial support and clinical translational research under one roof, to provide patients with seamless care and access to research studies."

Students met the Center's Director Dr. George Raptis (a world-class medical oncologist) who told Harry Steinway, vice president of student affairs, how impressed he was by the Mount students' interest, commitment, and generosity in giving the proceeds of their spring concert to this important project.

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