Each week we spotlight one of our fine college or high school chapters doing amazing work both locally and globally. Our chapters work to accomplish the three pillars of a Timmy Chapter: Advocacy, Service, and Fundraising. This week we are taking a look at Notre Dame!
Give us an update–what are some recent events you have done, or goals you have achieved?
At our club meeting before Valentine’s Day, we did a quick and easy advocacy event: we stapled global health facts to lollipops and asked members to leave them outside people’s doors in their dorms to increase awareness of global health disparities and gain new members. In terms of recent fundraising events, we recently wrote letters to Notre Dame alumni to raise money for Focusing Philanthropy, and so far we have received over $2000 of donations! This year one of the big changes we made to our leadership structure was creating subcommittees for fundraising, the vitamin drive, and apparel. While officers are in charge of each subcommittee, it makes planning events more manageable, and it increases general members’ involvement.
What events or goals are you gearing up for in the near future? What are your plans to make these happen successfully?
Our vitamin drive subcommittee has been very efficient, and we will start a vitamin drive during Lent. We are planning a Chipotle and Whole Foods fundraiser this spring and are looking into hosting a dodgeball tournament as well. In regards to advocacy events, we are planning on co-hosting a global health talk with another global health club on campus. At the end of February, we will send out officer and trip applications and begin training the new officers in April. Something that has been very effective for us was creating a Google Drive with folders for each officer position; throughout the year the officers write detailed descriptions of each event they planned to guide the new officers the following year. Finally two of our officers submitted an application to teach a one-credit class that trip members can take before traveling to Quito to prepare them for the brigade.
Is your chapter heading out on a trip soon? How is that part of your chapter preparing, and how is the rest of your chapter supporting the trip?
Our chapter travels to Quito over fall break. However, trip applications are sent out during the spring so that trip members can fundraise and plan for the brigade over the summer. Our club is fairly small, which is not representative of the number of people signed up on our listserve. Therefore, we heavily emphasize involvement throughout the year to increase students’ chances of earning a spot on our brigade. To give people another way to get involved, we created subcommittees so that members could take initiative on fundraising and advocacy events. Although our brigade is not for another eight months, we began medical professional recruitment by including the contact information of our trip leader in our fundraising letters to Notre Dame alumni.
What kind of assistance or support do you need?
We are considering giving prizes to the winning dodgeball team. For clubs that have hosted similar tournaments, what prize did you offer?
What are you most excited for during your year with Timmy?
We are most excited about getting the vitamin drive off the ground and creating subcommittees. We noticed that more people are attending our meetings, which means our name is spreading around campus!