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Spring Wayne Cares Events Demonstrate Campus-Wide Commitment to Service

August 30, 2016

Wayne Cares is a university outreach initiative that brings together the Wayne State community for the purpose of charitable giving and outreach. Its primary goal is to help university units work together and collaborate with each other for the good of the community. This spring, Wayne State University partnered on a number of major community events and engaged hundreds of students, staff, and faculty members to volunteer their time.


WSU student athletes form an assembly line to put together basic needs bags full of toiletry items for area homeless youth and adults. 

Basic Needs Drive

In early April, the Wayne State University Athletics Department W Week Community Service Initiative, in partnership with Wayne Cares and Covenant House Michigan, hosted their annual Basic Needs Drive to collect small toiletry items for those in need in our community and for Covenant House Michigan’s efforts to help young people through their transitional living program. 

This is the fifth year Wayne Cares has partnered with WSU Athletics, the Double Tree Hotel, The Westin Hotel and Covenant House for the three week drive to collect toiletry items for area homeless youth and adults. This year, WSU student athletes, students and volunteers collected more than 50,000 items and distributed more than 2,500 basic needs bags to the homeless in Cass Park, Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO), Mariners Inn, and Covenant House. Wayne Cares is grateful for our ongoing collaboration with WSU Athletics W Week Community Service Initiative for this important endeavor.




March for Babies – March of Dimes

This was Wayne State’s 5th year hosting March of Dimes’ March for Babies on campus.  March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. More than 1,000 people participated in the April 30 walk, with proceeds benefitting programs to help local mothers experience healthy, full-term pregnancies.


Midtown Detroit Makeover

On the morning of Saturday, May 7, Wayne State University and Midtown Detroit, Inc. joined forces to make a difference in the Midtown community. Midtown Detroit Makeover is the annual Midtown area beautification project.  Volunteers joined together to revitalize and clean up the Midtown area of Detroit, including streets on and near the WSU campus. After a morning of volunteering, teams regrouped at WSU’s Welcome Center for lunch.  


American Heart Association Heart Walk

This May, in partnership with the Michigan Chapter of the American Heart Association, Wayne Cares once again participated in the Detroit area’s Heart Walk, raising nearly $2,000. The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding. This year, for the first time, any 2016 Wellness Warrior participant who joined a WSU Heart Walk team was rewarded with 100 Wellness Bucks, which can be cashed in for great prizes and WSU merchandise. We are already getting excited about next year’s walk, which will take place on WSU’s campus and will include a 5k run/walk. Vice President of Research Steve Lanier will serve as WSU’s walk chairperson.


Wayne Cares Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Wayne State University medical school students provide health information to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure participants.

The Komen Detroit Race for the Cure originally started as a walk at the Detroit Zoo in 1992. Today, this event has grown to the largest race in Michigan, with more than 30,000 participants and is one of more than 100 Komen Foundation 5K races in a series that attracts more than one million participants annually. The event celebrates the survivors of cancer and those who are fighting the disease—this race honors those who lost the fight with cancer. Wayne State University has received millions of dollars from these grants over the years to help our local communities and to advance breast cancer research.

Since 2006, WSU has raised more than $100,000 for the Race with more 3,500 participants. On May 21, 2016, Wayne State University once again participated in the race under the Wayne Cares banner. This year’s WSU walk chairperson was Patrick Gossman of C&IT and Provost Margaret E. Winters served as the University’s honorary chairperson. WSU boasted more than 100 walkers and raised more than $10,000. 



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