Shared by the 50th Anniversary “Doing More Together” Committee"Doing More Together" - Harper's 50th Anniversary Giving Back Initiative

We are a powerful force when we harness the collective energy of Harper’s faculty and staff. As part of the “Doing More Together” initiative, we donated almost 600 hours of work to our communities.

In our district schools, we transformed two wild patches of weeds into learning gardens – can you spot Julie Ellefson-Kuehn amongst the weeds? We showed students how to tap into the power of their iPads. We helped distribute winter coats to more than 300 children in need. We inspired middle school students to explore and discover career options, and we conducted STEAM activities for a kindergarten/5th grade buddy class.

Our efforts reached beyond classrooms and into the community by donating much needed items and putting together care kits for WINGS, making blankets for those in local assisted living facilities, crafting care packages for veterans and baking homemade treats for dogs in local shelters.

The response to the call for volunteers was tremendous and heartwarming. The people we helped were extremely grateful – and they showed their appreciation on social media. Schools posted, teachers posted, even faculty and staff joined in the online conversation. And to their own surprise, we successfully converted several Harper employees into expert social media hashtaggers.

The social media buzz exceeded expectations. The level of engagement on social media was more than a simple thumbs up; the initiative elicited comments from the community such as:

  • “That’s where I went to grammar school! Looks great”
  • “Nice!!! I saw this event taking place as I walked to my class.. and now I know :)).. thank you for giving of your time to the senior community.”

Harper’s Women’s Program, which works very closely with WINGS, shared, “We were overwhelmed by the support received at the ‘Doing More Together’ Care Kits for WINGS event! It was amazing to see the Harper community come together and provide a remarkable amount of donations as well as assemble care kits to support families who have experienced abuse. We appreciate your donations of time and care kit items and know that it will truly make a difference in providing comfort for families in the WINGS program.”

It is impossible to capture the weeklong experience in a few paragraphs. Read the feedback from faculty and staff members who went to the off-campus activities, peruse pictures and take a look at a few of the social media posts. For dog lovers, here are the recipes for the Tail Waggin’ Dog Treats. Our furry friends at the Buddy Foundation and Kay’s Animal Shelter gave them a 10.

Thank you to everyone who helped organize the activities and to all who participated. Your generosity and passion made an indelible impact on the community that has supported Harper for 50 years.