HEALTH RELATED SERVICE CLUBS
American Red Cross
Description: CNU American Red Cross Club provides volunteer opportunities to help make a difference by addressing our community's greatest needs and developing leadership skills. Our main focus is to help provide a sufficient blood supply for our community hospitals by sponsoring blood drives on campus throughout the year.
Be the Match
Description: Be the Match On Campus at Christopher Newport University is part of the National Marrow Donor Program. The national organization matches patients, often with blood-diseases and in need of bone marrow, with potential bone marrow donors.
As an on campus chapter at CNU, our organization holds drives to register potential donors, educates the public on new methods of donating bone marrow and the different types of blood diseases, and fund raises for proceeds to go towards research, patients, doctors, and transplants.
The chapter at CNU was originally founded by sisters Kelsey and Jocelyn Rooks. The first drive held in March 2009 at CNU was inspired by Bruce, a neighbor diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The club was named: In Memory of CBC: Be the Match! It was officially an organization in Spring 2011.
In Fall 2013, the organization was renamed Be the Match On Campus as an official chapter of the national Be the Match organization.
Best Buddies International
Description: The Best Buddies is a nationwide program that is dedicated to helping students within the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) community. Our mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities to one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD. The IDD community that Best Buddies serves are people with Down syndrome, autism, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other undiagnosed disabilities. Currently, Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For the individuals within this community, Best Buddies help them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.
Colleges Against Cancer
Description: Colleges Against Cancer is a student run organization sponsored by American Cancer Society. Every year we not only raise awareness for cancer research but also host a series of events to raise money for cancer research. The largest and most well known of our events is Relay for Life. Last year CNU's Relay for Life raised over $50,000.00 for cancer research and brought out approximately 1,500 students and faculty.
Doctors Without Borders
Description: MSF at CNU will help create spaces in which people can learn about, support, and advocate for the work of MSF-USA, through a variety of events and actions including, without limitation, meetings, film-screenings, fundraisers, guest speakers, advocacy.
A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE
Peer Education is a Community Outreach Program that develops a "safe place" at Christopher Newport University. In Peer Education (Peer-Ed), students are free from judgement, stigmas, and all other social constructs. Within this environment, students are trained as Peer Educators to make positive differences in the lives of others within their community. In this training process, students continually learn extensively about themselves as well as others in the group in a personal environment.
To solidify the training of the Peer Educators, the group travels to the local elementary, middle, and high schools within the area to teach the students about love, acceptance, how to be a good friend, anti-bullying, values, family, relationships, communication, and so much more. Truly making it a community outreach program.
BETTER THE COMMUNITY
Our ultimate goal with this program is to give students a safe place to discuss anything and everything they need, while also making a positive difference in their community. Through these schools trips and trainings, we believe we can help students see the value in life, combat social constructs, overcome depression/anxiety , and negative behaviors.
Special Olympics Gymnastics
Description: The purpose of this organization is to work with persons born with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The gymnastics program in Newport News provides children with special needs a fun, social, and athletic program that allows them to interact with volunteer coaches and other athletes in order to develop coordination and confidence through the sport of artistic gymnastics.
Student Veterans Organization
Description: A charter of the Student Veterans of America, the organization is dedicated to helping active military and student veterans by providing guidance with GI Bill or Tuition Assistance (TA). Working with the registrars office, we help by making sure all the proper paperwork and forms are filed. We also seek to connect all active military and student veterans to provide a support group of like-minded individuals. The organization is also dedicated to helping all active military and veterans in the community. One does not have to be or have been in the military to join the organization.