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Dress casual, be comfortable, and support local charities!
The mission of the Denim Day Committee is to engage UND employees in community involvement by giving financial support to local non-profit organizations that provide services to our community, while allowing UND employees to dress casually on designated days.
Participation in Denim Day is voluntary. The cost to participate is $1 for each regular Denim Day. Volunteer site coordinators collect money from their areas/buildings and turn those donations in to the Chair of the Denim Day Committee. One-hundred percent of collected funds are donated to the designated charities.
Thank you to all Denim Day supporters! Your dollar goes a long way; here are a few that you have helped...Thank You!
A special thank you goes out to the 56 Denim Day Site Coordinators across campus. It could not be done with out you.
New for 2014-2015
In keeping with UND's Exceptional-UND strategic vision, UND Staff Senate Denim Days will incorporate two strategic priorities: Facilitate Collaboration and Enhance Quality of Life .
UND Staff Senate, in conjunction with UND Work Well, encourages you to wear tennis shoes on Denim Days and take walks on your breaks for YOUR health and wellness while your donations provide health and wellness to members of our community! Enjoy both indoor and outdoor walking trails on campus.
Note: While we support and encourage wearing tennis shoes on Denim Days, and to take a walk during breaks, the deans, department heads, and administrators determine what degree of casual dress is appropriate within their unit.
2015 Supported Local Charities
2015 Regular Denim Day donations support these 12 local charities:
- Altru Infant & Child Bereavement Program
- Circle of Friends Humane Society
- Community Violence Intervention Center – Light of Hope Program
- Global Friends Coalition – Resilient Youth Program
- Grand Forks Senior Center – Meals on Wheels Program
- Home Delivered Meals
- LISTEN Center – After School Program
- Lutheran Social Services – Day Report Program
- Mountainbrooke Recovery Center – Noon Meal Program
- Prairie Harvest Mental Health – Job Development Program
- Safe Kids Grand Forks
- Special Olympics ND Grand Forks
2015 Special Denim Days
In addition to regular Denim Days, there are special Denim Days held throughout the year. Non-profit organizations may apply for a special Denim Day in conjunction with a yearly fund-raising event. One-hundred percent of the donations collected on that one day are given to that one organization. These organizations are generally national organizations that would not qualify for UND's regular Denim Days, which support local agencies.
October 29, 2015 - Mortar Board Turkey Drive
October 1, 2015 - Step Out Walk (American Diabetes Association)
September 17, 2015 - International Disaster Relief (Red Cross)
April 14, 2015 - The V Foundation
April 2, 2015 - Relay for Life
March 19, 2015 - March of Dimes
February 19, 2015 - Feed My Starving Children
February 5, 2015 - National Disaster Relief
UND's first Denim Day was May 25, 1994. A six-member charity selection committee made up of staff representatives was appointed by the President to manage and oversee this endeavor. Volunteer site coordinators across campus collected donations.
In February 2010, in order to increase its visibility and support across campus, and to oversee the general operations of the committee, President Robert O. Kelley requested that the Denim Day Committee become a standing committee of Staff Senate.
Policy and Application
Denim Days support local non-profit charities/organizations. Local is defined as Grand Forks and immediate area surrounding our main UND campus. Denim Days are held twice a month. In October, notices are placed in the Grand Forks Herald City Brief and the U-Letter announcing that Denim Day applications are available for the upcoming year. In December, applications are reviewed by the Denim Day Committee and the committee determines who will be the recipients of donations for the upcoming year. Depending on the number of applications received, some applicants may not receive funding. Priority is given to those organizations that provide basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. Funds are collected during the course of the year and are disbursed twice a year.
*Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, we cannot entertain requests from political, religious, or reproductive rights organizations.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Denim Day Committee Chair, Cheri Williams, at 777-2121 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denim Days Fun Facts
UND employees donated a total of $13,179 in Denim Day donations in 2014!
UND employees donated a total of $13,626 in Denim Day donations in 2013!
UND employees donated a total of $14,147 in Denim Day donations in 2012!