What is CHAMP Day of Service?
Connecting Hopes with Actions to Mobilize People, or CHAMP, Day of Service began as part of the new Chancellor Black’s request for a Day of Service during Inauguration Week Activities in March of 2011. CHAMP Day is a campus-wide day of service which provides the opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to contribute to the community by participating in volunteer projects throughout the greater Duluth community. Dozens of community organizations participated in this event to complete needed projects for their agencies. In fact UMD mobilized 293 volunteers resulting in 691 hours of service in one day. According to the Independent Sector the value of a volunteer hour in Minnesota is $20.90, which is equivalent to $14,441.90 contributed in service to the greater Duluth community.
This year’s CHAMP Day
Registration: Registration will be open in March of 2013. You will be able to see the projects offered by community organizations. Groups and individuals are welcome to register. UMD students, staff, faculty, administration, and alumni are all encouraged to participate.
Location and Rally: This year all participants will gather on the morning of April 13. We will have a check in and rally, then participants will head out to the projects for which they registered.
Transportation: Participants will be bussed to most project locations.
To request disability accommodations, please contact Erin Zoellick in the Office of Civic Engagement at ezoellic – at – d.umn.edu or 726-6355. We ask that you make this request two weeks prior to the event. An interpreter will be requested to attend the check in and rally on the morning of May 4.
How do I register?
Step 1 – Registration
If you are an individual interested in participating in CHAMP Day of Service, please follow this link to register. You will receive follow-up information via email after March 30. This information will include confirmation of your project, as well as details for the Day of Service.
If you are in a group or team of people interested in participating in CHAMP Day of Service, you should designate a TEAM LEADER to register on behalf of your team. The team leader will follow this link to register the team, and will need the full names and UMD email addresses of all team members. You will not be able to edit your registration once it is submitted. You will receive follow-up information via email after March 30. This information will include confirmation of your project, as well as details for the Day of Service.
Step 2 – T-shirt request, waiver, photo release
Each participant must do Step 2
All CHAMP Day participants must follow this link to complete Step 2 in order to participate in CHAMP Day of Service. If you are a team leader, it will be your responsibility to provide this link to your team members. The first 300 participants to register will be guaranteed a t-shirt.
Examples of past projects
- Painting a community center
- Collecting donations for a food shelf
- Processing donations for a magazine drive
- Cleaning classrooms, animal exhibits, or other facilities
- Pruning trees at an orchard
- Preparing purple ribbons for volunteer recognition
- Helping with a youth basketball program
- Cleaning litter from neighborhoods
- Clearing and maintaining nature trails
Here is a list of projects we have arranged for CHAMP Day of Service. This list may change as we gather more details. When completing the online registration, refer to this list to provide your top preferences for projects by listing the site name (such as Aftenro Homes). Please DO NOT contact these sites directly – the OCE will arrange all project details.