Community service is an integral part of the MAcc program – you can get in with VITA, preparing tax returns. FisherCares offers a multitude of opportunities to fundraise and give back. And trust me, these are just the first two of many that pop into my head.
There’s a relatively new way to give back at Ohio State though, and its the way that I’ve chosen to devote my time and resources – Pelotonia. Pelotonia is a bike ride (not a race!) that raises money for cancer research here at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center. 100% of every dollar raised comes back to the James, which is an incredible feat. Pelotonia is giving patients all around the world new hope in their fight against cancer. Further, the ride is fully supported…this means its an all you can eat, all you can drink, “we’ll fix your bike if you have an issue” kind of ride. Pretty sweet, huh?
At Ohio State, we have Team Buckeye, and specifically the Team Buckeye Student Riders (of which there is a specific Fisher team). This team offers students a multitude of benefits, such as a reduced registration fee and lower fundraising minimums. Its a great way to join a group of students who all have one goal.
This year (Pelotonia 2012) will be my fourth year riding in the event. Over the years, I’ve seen riders of all skill levels – from those with training wheels to those that live and breathe in spandex. There’s definitely room for you to ride, and its a great way to connect with the Fisher community while giving back in a meaningful way.
For more information, also check out the Team Buckeye website (and specifically the student team). There’s certainly a way for you to get involved if and when you choose to join the Ohio State community, whether you volunteer, donate, or ride 25/50/75/100/150/180 miles in the fully supported ride itself.