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- Champ's Cupboard:
To some students, Kirby Plaza 245 is just an office down the hall from the Food Court, but for others it is a safe haven.
Champ’s Cupboard, a closet tucked away in Kirby Plaza 245AA, is a food shelf offered to all UMD students, giving relief to those who struggle with the financial woes of college. The coordinator of Champ’s Cupboard, Laura Haffield, saw the demand for food shelves rising in the community so bringing one to UMD was necessary. Haffield said, “Our primary goal is to be there for students and help them be successful in college.” Jacob Froelich, a student worker who helps out with the Cupboard said, “There are so many situations students can find themselves in, for students to know this out there is just a relief. One thing a lot of people don’t realize is that the two groups who are most qualified for food shelves are people who are on a fixed income and students who are under 24-years-old”. Confidentiality is a given when it comes to Champ’s Cupboard. “We don’t even collect names,” Laura Haffield said. “Students can leave from a back door if that makes them more comfortable.” Students who use the Cupboard have left comments for Haffield and the staff saying, “This is a life-saving program. Thank you!” and, “I love this. Champ’s Cupboard has helped me in tough spots.”
- Champ's Closet:
Payroll Specialist Dawn Moran leapt from processing paperwork to activating a coalition when asked, "We get uniforms, right?" by a new Dining Services hire. "She was so excited that we were providing uniforms," remembers Dawn. "It made me realize what a barrier to feeling confident clothes can be." Dawn got to work soliciting donations for professional clothing.
Shelling out for rent, books, and food doesn't leave room in most college students' budgets for business attire, but career experts continually remind job seekers about the importance of first impressions. "When you’re fighting for a top job and you don’t feel good about yourself because you don’t have the right clothes, how sad is that?" asks Dawn. Champ's Closet is the happy ending to this quagmire. Students are be able to pick out just the right confidence-boosting outfit for their interviews, absolutely free.
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