This week we had the pleasure of speaking with Andrew Birk, founder and president of Robert Morris University’s BHH Chapter! Andrew was recently selected as a member of Global Youth Service Day’s Street Team, earning him a $100 cash prize as well as a $400 donation to Bringing Hope Home!
Learn what the BHH, RMU Chapter has planned for Global Youth Service Day and how they continue to spread Unexpected Amazingness on RMU’s campus!
What is the name of your school and/or student group
Robert Morris University / Bringing Hope Home RMU Chapter
How are you involved with BHH?
I am the founder and president of BHH RMU Chapter.
Tell us more about your involvement: What did you like about it?
I love giving back to my school and to the community. Bringing Hope Home gives me a purpose on campus. The organization has opened so many doors for me, both professionally and socially. BHH gives me the opportunity to be a leader on campus by having the opportunity to work with the numerous student organizations and offices on campus. RMU is really good to their student organizations and with their help we have been able to put on a 5K, numerous sports tournaments and a Dance Marathon in less than a year! Through my work with Bringing Hope Home, I am able to leave a legacy when I graduate. BHH will be the footprint I leave on campus. I believe our chapter has developed so much in only a year and I am confident that we will continue to grow long after I have graduated.
Why did you get involved?
I went to BHH WCU Chapter’s Halloween 5K and immediately feel in love with Bringing Hope Home. Soon after, I spoke with Caitlin and asked about bringing a chapter to Robert Morris. Within a few months of contacting her our chapter was officially chartered at RMU. It is also a very relatable cause, everyone has been effected by cancer to various degrees. No one should have to fight alone. BHH was my opportunity to join in on the fight against cancer and assist these families both emotionally and financially.
How did it feel knowing you made such a positive impact on local families with cancer?
It is an incredible feeling, especially after putting on an event. So much time and effort is put into one moment and when it is a success, there is no better feeling. These families we assist are going through such a tough time in their lives. I am honored to have the chance and the privilege to assist them in anyway.
Any future fundraising/volunteer plans?
Yes of course! We have a busy last couple weeks of the spring semester. We will be collaborating with Delta Tau Delta to host a KnockerSoccer tournament (if you haven’t looked them up you should). The event is the first of it’s kind at RMU and the entire campus is excited to participate.
We will also be hosting our 2nd annual Run4Hope, but this year is a little different. We are partnering with the Residence Hall Association to host the Color Run4Hope! We will be hosting this event over Global Youth Service Day weekend. We are contacting Greek and student organizations to sponsor “color stations” and we hope to get a great turn out!