Earlier this year, the Do Good Institute launched the Do Good Ideas program that helps students investigate an issue, challenge, or opportunity for a pressing social issue in communities they care about. The program began with a kick-off event in February where the first-cohort consisting of 13 teams participated in the program. Each team was paired with a coach who worked with the students to deepen their understanding of their issue of choice. With this hands-on learning and coaching, the 13 teams submitted final proposals on behalf of their ideas to compete for seed funding of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
“We are so excited to see such a strong commitment toward developing a deeper understanding of pressing issues affecting our communities,” said Patricia Bory, director of iGive. “These teams are passionate about their issues and throughout the process have developed innovative ideas to tackle the root causes.”
The first place award was granted to Prosthetics in Developing Countries, led by Danyal Malik, a first-year Engineering student in the iGive program. Prosthetics in Developing Countries’ Do Good Idea is to create a nonprofit organization that provides cost-effective and temporary lower-limb prosthetics to amputees in Karachi, Pakistan. These prosthetics will allow amputees to live fully-functioning, better, and happier lives.
The second place winner is Save Campus Creek, led byJeremy Tombs and Zachary Caplan, both freshmen CIVICUS students. Save Campus Creek’s Do Good Idea is to create an organization called “Friends of Campus Creek” in which living and learning programs at UMD ‘adopt’ sections of Campus Creek and remove trash and invasive plants and plant vegetation to improve water quality in the Campus Creek and the UMD community.
The third place award went to Dear Survivor, led by first year iGive student, Morgan Tweedy, and first year CIVICUS student, Nicole Gerhardht. Nicole and Morgan’s Do Good Idea provides emotional support for survivors of sexual assault on UMD’s campus by sending anonymous handwritten notes of encouragement.
Additional teams who participated include, Decreasing Bee Population, International Justice Mission, Relationship Health, Water and Sanitation Refugee Crisis, and Youth Sucide Prevention.
Congratulations to our Do Good Ideas awardees!