California State University-Northridge’s volunteer program called Unified We Serve is partnering with Autism Speaks U for their campus-wide challenge to support those affected by autism. Their challenge, which is called Unified4Autism, is aiming to get 50 different school teams (both students and faculty) to participate in fundraising or awareness events throughout the year. They will also be forming a college Walk team at their local Walk Now For Autism Speaks event.
California State University-Northridge’s (CSUN) events range from loose change campaigns, to hot dog fundraisers to jewelry parties. One of their most recent events had the poplar band LMFAO perform where they had a booth selling glow sticks to benefit Autism Speaks. In addition to spreading autism awareness, the event raised $1,693. Phillip Hain, the LA Walk Director, attended the check presentation on campus. To read more, click here.
CSUN’s United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) organized an “Art for Change” event, which was a puzzle piece art campaign that raised $400 by having students donate pocket change. Marielos Renderos, activities director for the USFC, helped organize this event and coordinate with each organization within the USFC to submit a piece of art, for a total of 12 pieces. Click here to read more about students bringing autism awareness through art.
Autism Speaks U is a program designed to engage college students across the country in autism awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts. Its new website offers a wide range of tools to empower students to establish Autism Speaks U chapters, organize events, and encourage their peers to get involved. College students, faculty and alumni can get involved with Autism Speaks U by visiting www.autismspeaks.org/u.