Students raise funds for local nonprofit as part of course project

May 07, 2015

Five students in North Central College’s Group Process class were recognized for their successful efforts in raising funds for DuPagePads and its Share the Fare campaign.

Dubbed Cards 4 Humanity, the student group includes Sarah Marvin ’16, Laura Sue Jensen ’17, Julia Rose ’18, Francesca Lenzi ’18 and Steve Dinov ’16. Their group is one of six project teams in the class that worked to raise funds for a charitable organization. Other groups raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH USA, Our Little Brothers and Sisters), Heifer International, Ray of Hope Autism Support and Bike Bald. The Group Process class was taught winter term by Emily Cramer, visiting assistant professor of speech communication.

Cards 4 Humanity raised $803 by hosting fundraisers at three Naperville eateries—Q-BBQ, Buona Beef and Potbelly Sandwich Shop—and by selling awareness-raising, red wristbands to North Central students. The group also connected with local organizations to receive corporate donations and held a fundraising event at the student-run venue The Union in Naperville.

Funds raised will support the Share the Fare campaign at DuPagePads, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness in DuPage County by providing housing, support services and employment. Share the Fare provides transportation via bus, train or taxi so residents can get to classes, job interviews and medical appointments.