UF Heal the World: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.
Since 2005, every year, UF Heal the World\'s 120 members have provided thousands of volunteer hours for Interface, Pleasant Place, Terwilliger Elementary Tutoring, Camp Boggy Creek, Sterling House, St. Francis House, Give Kids the World, and others. Without Heal the World volunteers, Gainesville would not have as much service to our elderly, disabled, and impoverished citizens.
About UF Heal the World
Years in Gainesville: 13
Having received numerous Presidential Service Awards from Dr. Machen, UF Heal the World also raises thousands of dollars a year for Toys for Tots, the Disney Half Marathon, the Ronald MacDonald House, the Harvest of Hope Foundation, Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Rwanda Sustainable Families, Project Nepal, Dancing Gators, Children Beyond Our Borders. This money helps our Gainesville charities stay in business and sustain themselves.
Additionally, members participate in medical and dental service trips to Guatemala, Thailand, Costa Rica, and elsewhere. All officers and members are volunteers – they have no paid staff. Check out their story at www.healtheworlduf.com.
As their faculty advisor, I have seen these dedicated and caring students go onto successful medical, dental, law, and engineering careers. HTWers truly embody the Spirit of Gainesville. Here is a picture of some of the officers cleaning up Ronald McDonald House earlier this summer.
Nominated by Dr. Edmund Kellerman