Civitas, the social outreach committee, organizes events to raise funds and spread awareness about marginalized communities all over the world.
Our main goal is to offer a platform for action to those students who want to help tackle global challenges and help the communities impacted by them. Civitas organizes several events throughout the year, every year choosing one main charity to raise money and awareness for. We also organize events surrounding other awareness initiatives, e.g. Movember.
Events we have organized in the past: flea markets, pop-up cafe’s, Secret Santa, Halloween haunted house, bake sales and many more. In the academic year of 2019/2020, we started a new project: The ‘Civitas’ Language Cafe: Civitalk’! With an add on addition the Language Buddy program, where people form outside and inside of UCG get paired up to learn each other’s language!
Participating in a committee like Civitas can open many pathways for you: whilst bringing your creative ideas of fundraising to life, it offers a lot of interaction with fellow students as well as other non-profit organizations outside of the university.
This year we are supporting Stichting Momentum, a charity focused on raising funds for widows and orphans in Afghanistan. We hope to get a lot of support from all CAERUS members to raise a lot of money for this cause!
If you want to become involved, join us (at one of our events)!
Chair: Madelief Fisher
Secretary: Mieri Kiuchi
Treasurer: Tara Cook
Other committee members:
Si-Jin van de Vorst
So far, Civitas' has been succesfully fundraising for the following organisations:
October 2017: In support of the people affected by Hurricane Irma, Civitas donted 240 Euros to the Dutch Red Cross.
December 2017: To provide children of low-income families with Christmas gifts, Civitas donated 180 Euros to the Children of the Foodbank.
June 2018: In contribution to sustainable sanitation projects worldwide, Civitas donated more than 500 Euros to our partner organisation Just a Drop.
June 2019: To help the fight against child labour in goldmines in Tanzania, Civitas raised 200 euros to donate to the charity; ‘For Iron I gave gold’.
June 2021: To support Harrie Kampinga’s Huntington’s Disease research at the UMCG Civitas raised 452 euros to donate for further research possibilities.