Last year, staff and students packed 25,000 meals of rice, soy, vegetables and protein. This year, the goal was doubled to help the Menomonie Rotary Club reach 100,000 meals packed in celebration of its 100th anniversary.
“At Stout, we recognize the importance of our role in the region – both in preparing Wisconsin’s workforce and preparing students to lead in their communities,” said Chancellor Katherine Frank. “Applied learning and research depends on partnerships. It’s about connecting with and addressing the specific needs of society. Learning to solve big challenges starts when we do something simple and meaningful – like packing a meal, or 50,000.”
Inspired to serve their community
Social responsibility is a fundamental component of the Stout Core curriculum, a series of foundational classes that enhance students’ applied learning while building the soft skills in high demand by employers.
Several student organizations go above and beyond in their volunteer activities and events outside of the classroom that support UW-Stout, Menomonie and area communities.
For the past two years, the Service Club at Stout volunteered at Night at the Mabel, the Mabel Tainter Theater’s annual fundraiser. Last year, members made more than 50 dog and cat toys for the Dunn County Humane Society and 21 tie blankets for Minnesota Children’s Hospital, as well as hats for babies born prematurely. They helped pack more than 24,400 meals for Feed My Starving Children and donated more than 500 pounds of nonperishable food and other items during Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods, benefiting Stepping Stones.