Campus & Community Partnerships
With a campus of more than 50,000 students, there are a number of ways to serve with communities. One great way to serve with communities is to find a student group who is interested in addressing and alleviating the same social issues. We have highlighted below a few ongoing partnerships between our student groups and community partners. We encourage you to reach out to these student groups on Gator Connect.
SISTHUS Inc. serving at the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida.
Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to saving lives from cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities. Here at the University of Florida, we are reminded that the problems facing our planet are bigger than any one person. One organization. One university. But together, we're solving them- because positive change goes further when we work as a team. Cancer bites, but Gators chomp back!
Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is an annual 26.2 hour event benefiting the patients of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Each year, more than 800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In the 23 years of Dance Marathon at UF's existence, more than $15.2 million has been donated, making it the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States. In 2018, DM at UF raised a grand total of $3,026,420.19 for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, our local CMN Hospital.
Out of 150,000 yearly patients, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital sees more than 8,500 pediatric cases each year. All of the funds raised through DM at UF go directly to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, enhancements to make the children’s stay at the hospital more enjoyable, and funding for research grants and educational programs. This imperative research helps our doctors find solutions for incurable diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and cancer. Dance Marathon is celebrating its 25th birthday this upcoming year and is excited to see the miracles we make in 2019! Go Gators and FTK!
Epsilon Sigma Alpha International is a co-ed collegiate and service fraternity with pillars in brotherhood, service and philanthropy. Our purpose is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive and lasting difference locally, nationally and internationally. The national organization was founded in 1929 and has over 15,000 members internationally. As an organization we raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, with the University of Florida's Delta Chi chapter having raised the most money nationally for the past two years running.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha as an organization has invested hundreds of service hours locally through organizations such as Guardian Angels, where we have had the opportunity to work with highly skilled German Shepherds that will be placed with soldiers returning home with PTSD, and the Humane Society, which operates as a no-kill shelter for abandoned animals.
MentorGNV is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alachua County Public Schools elementary, middle, and high school students through a variety of mentoring opportunities. Mentoring is provided by students from the University of Florida, facilitating character development and the enrichment of interpersonal and leadership skills.
SISTUHS, Incorporated is a community service organization that aims to serve underrepresented and marginalized communities through education and social development services. SISTHUS, Incorporated serve all ranges, as is represented in our services with Reichert House, Ronald McDonald House, the Boys and Girls Club, our program that we operate at Passage Christian Academy called 'Princess of Substance, among our other services. Our collegiate members perform weekly community services Monday through Friday, with rotating services each Saturday. We also regularly host events on campus for the UF community. We are grateful for our community and on campus partners.
SISTHUS, Incorporated also partners with Days for Girls International - Alachua County where they help in making the items that go in the kits that they distribute to girls in need of menstrual products. This includes sewing pouches for the pads/liners that they make, outlining and cutting the fabric for the pads/liners, making the drawstring bags that the girls use to put the items in, assembling the kits, iron cloth for the items, and attaching the fastening buttons on to the pads
For more information about the chapter and future intake process, individuals can visit ufsistuhs.wixsite.com/ufsistuhs and they can follow us on our social media handles for regular updates: @uf_sistuhs on instagram and twitter, @UFSISTUHS on facebook, and @usistuhs on snapchat.
Habitat for Humanity international’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.The UF Habitat for Humanity Chapter works in collaboration with Alachua Habitat for Humanity to provide decent, affordable housing to deserving families in the Gainesville community. Families are required to contribute sweat equity hours on their home and other homes, take classes on finance and home ownership, and pay a zero-interest mortgage on their home, which is used to build other Habitat homes. Habitat for Humanity depends heavily on volunteers, donations, and sponsorships.
Why Volunteer for UF Habitat?
Households in Alachua County
16% are “cost-burdened” - more than 30% of income is spent on housing
15% are “severely cost-burdened” - more than 50%
Impact of Stable Housing
Higher Graduation Rates
Wealth Generation - Lifelong Savings