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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.
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.
2016 Supported Local Charities
2016 Regular Denim Day donations support these 12 local charities:
- Altru Caring for Kids program
- Circle of Friends Humane Society
- Community Violence Intervention Center – Light of Hope program
- Grand Forks Senior Center – Meals on Wheels program
- Home Delivered Meals
- Lutheran Social Services – Healthy Families program
- Mountainbrooke Recovery Center – Live Life Well program
- Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Safe Kids Grand Forks
- St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store – Food Pantry
- Third Street Clinic
- Wings of Hope Bereavement Services
2016 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.
Sunshine Memorial Foundation - January 5, 2016
Disaster Relief National-Salvation Army - February 5, 2016
Hoops for Hope - The V Foundation - April 1, 2016
Heart Walk - American Heart Association - April 12, 2016
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.
2015 Denim Day Donations
UND employees donated a total of $12,086 in Denim Day donations in 2015