Recently, the students of the Ross Medical Education Center Huntsville, Alabama campus had a wonderful opportunity to help out their community. Not only did they get to be a support, they also got to enjoy a career learning lesson during their time serving. The students had a great time helping the Greater Huntsville Humane Society raise money in their second largest fundraiser, Pet Photo Calendar Contest.
The Greater Huntsville Humane Society is a 501(c)3 no-kill shelter dedicated to furthering the humane care and treatment of animals and providing adoption services for unwanted animals. During the fundraising event, the pet with the most votes will be on the cover of their 2018 calendar. This annual calendar features a pet for each of the months of the year as well as pets for each week. The fundraiser took place at the local mall.
Ross students split up into groups of three and walked around the mall asking for donations and passing out ballots so that community members could vote for their favorite pet photo. The students were able to help sell the votes for one dollar per vote. Then voters were able to select their favorite pet. Students got to practice their communication skills, support a local organization, and exhibit their passion for helping animals in need. Even though not everyone that they asked wanted to participate, students enjoyed engaging with community members and getting them excited about voting and helping this important organization in their area. Over the course of the fundraiser, about $25,000 was raised to help the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. The Ross students loved being a part of such a worthy cause.