A universal quality of Lakeland University students is a passion for bettering our homes and communities. At Lakeland, there is no shortage of opportunities for students to become involved and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
For six straight years, Lakeland football players have volunteered for the annual Halloween extravaganza at Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School in Sheboygan. The players run all of the many games and activities while mingling with the children.
Lakeland softball players have made trips to help at Meals on Wheels and volunteer at the Humane Society. Head coach Hailey Dreyer said her players believe in connecting with their community and helping others. "We're supposed to give back, and doing this kind of service gives our players a real sense of perspective."
Lakeland's women's tennis team presented Sheboygan's Safe Harbor with a check for $2,064. The Muskies raised the money towards the shelter for abused women and children through pledges they earned by scoring points in their final match of the season.
During trick-or-treat time, representatives from four Lakeland athletic teams and two other campus groups canvased Sheboygan and Howards Grove in search of non-perishable food items. This community service initiative which benefits the Sheboygan Food Pantry was part of the ongoing Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference “Cans Across the Conference” Food Drive.
Creativity met philanthropy in a huge way when dozens of Lakeland students and employees competed for a good cause. The competitors, who represented 14 sports teams, clubs, or offices built structures with non-perishable food cans and boxes they had collected. More than 5,000 cans or boxes of food were collected during the spirited competition, all of which was donated to the Sheboygan Food Pantry.
Lakeland donates thousands of non-perishable food items to the Sheboygan County Food Bank each year as part of the annual Cans Across the Conference competition. Roughly 2,500 families in Sheboygan County regularly depend on the Sheboygan County Food Bank, which distributes food to 10 local outlets around the county.
Lakeland's women's basketball team sponsored a "Red Out" game during the 2013-14 season to bring support and awareness to heart health and the fight against heart disease.
Every year during tax time, Lakeland accounting students power the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program which provides free tax return service for lower-income citizens. In its first nine years, Lakeland's program has collected more than $9 million in tax refunds for low-income earners in the area.
Lakeland students stop by craft tables between classes or during their lunch hour to cut, glue, craft, and write heartfelt messages of hope and love for delivery to the Plymouth, WI headquarters of Project Angel Hugs (www.projectangelhugs.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the emotional support of children with cancer. Project Angel Hugs mails the Lakeland cards to cancer-stricken children all over the nation to provide them hope, love, and support.
Members of Lakeland ’s family and friends participate in the Walk For Peace, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Rob Sizemore, Lakeland's former chaplain, challenged all Lakeland family members to be kind to each other and to give everyone "an extravagant welcome" when they cross paths on campus.