Each year, the UWF Orientation Staff, within the Department of Student Transition Programs, chooses one local non-profit organization to volunteer with and give back to the Pensacola and Escambia County Community. The UWF Orientation Staff of 2011-2012 chose to lend a helping hand to Appetite for Life.
Appetite for Life is a non-profit organization that provides free, high-quality meals to persons with terminal illnesses including those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. There are a number of terminally-ill individuals living within this community who do not receive proper nutrition. The reasons for malnutrition range among the inability to physically prepare meals, lack of reliable transportation to obtain nutritious food, homelessness and/or low-income factors.
The UWF Orientation Staff helped the organization repaint walls that had been badly damaged in a recent building fire. The students were willing participants and appreciated the opportunity to give back to their community. The volunteer effort of the UWF Orientation Staff of 2011- 2012 was so invaluable, that the Office of Student Transition Programs hopes to secure future volunteer opportunities and create a lasting partnership with the Appetite for Life organization.
This year the Office of Student Transition Programs is instituting a new community-engagement initiative on campus during New Student Orientation. We are asking all students and families who attend New Student Orientation to lend a helping hand to their new community! Students and Families who would like to bring school supply items to donate to the Escambia County School District can bring the item to check-in at New Student Orientation. All items will be donated to students in need within the City of Pensacola and the Escambia County Community! Please note that participation is voluntary and not a required part of New Student Orientation. For further information on the Escambia County School District, please visit www.escambia.k12.fl.us.