Hero for a Day

Hero for a Day was developed as a day of service involving the Fargo, ND nonprofit organization (HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) and the North Dakota State University Student Body. This project came from the North Dakota State University Leadership Program team of Colette Bersie, Alana Kiel, Austin Roerick, Austin Sandmeyer, and Ben Walz. 

The nonprofit organization of HERO began as 'Project Hero' in Fargo, ND. It was started by the local chapter of Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), led by Deanna Micheli, to address the large amount of wasted healthcare materials from local hospitals, created by the prohibition of re-shelving materials with their opened outer wrappings. Initially, HERO's focus was to collect and redistribute supplies for local medical mission teams serving the Third World. This focus to collect and redistribute supplies for missions teams serving the Third World grew to a local and global effort; hundreds of individuals in the Fargo-Moorhead area are served each year by HERO's redistribution store, while the profits from the store benefit the Third World missions teams. 

Between the stage of 1996 and present day (2014), HERO has became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, upgraded twice to larger warehouse spaces, hired full-time staff, established an internship program, and served 3,119 individuals through their domestic redistribution program. 

Hero for a Day is a day of service which was developed to address two main goals.

-Provide at least 1,000 dollars worth of service for HERO

-Expose North Dakota State University students to the nonprofit organization of HERO

These two goals were instrumental in the process of development of the event. 

The first goal to provide at least 1,000 dollars worth of service was obtained with great success. The team was able to provide a grand total of $3,059.54 worth of service. This total is broken into two categories Consultation Value and Volunteer Value. Consultation value comes from the public relations and marketing campaign that the team had set up. The Volunteer value comes from the amount of cost HERO would have to spend to pay someone to do what the volunteers did during their time at Hero for a Day.  In a Cost-Benefit Analysis done by the team the event made $35 for every dollar worth of expenses.

The second goal to expose North Dakota State University students to the nonprofit organization of HERO was achieved in many different forms. We directly effected students to come out and volunteer by targeting and meeting with Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Government, and other student organizations on campus. Another form of education these volunteers received when they volunteered at HERO was a brief introduction and overview of the organization and it's goals and purpose. Another form of exposing HERO to North Dakota State University was the use of the campus newspaper The Spectrum. We were able to publish information about our event as well as information about HERO itself. Giving all students at NDSU the opportunity to at least learn about HERO and it's potential opportunities it may hold for them even if they were unable to attend our event.

The team that made this great event happen was comprised of:

From Left to Right (Austin Roerick, Alana Kiel, Ben Walz, Austin Sandmeyer, Colette Bersie)

Colette Bersie: Agency Liaison/Graphic Coordinator

Constantly updated the team on all interactions with the nonprofit organization HERO. She displayed superior organization as well as excellent levels of professionalism.

Alana Kiel: Project Coordinator

Consistently reviewed upcoming dates for our Gantt chart and informed the team of any events before any surprise dates popped up. Alana created a constant flow of communication between our uniform calendar and the team. She understood and upheld the high regard of communication and helped make the team more cohesive.

Austin Roerick: Team Accountant

Subtly recorded and kept track of all hours spent working on the event. His continuous record of our time spent was vital to our calculation of our Cost-Benefit Analysis as well as the overall team. He issued extremely detailed records with a polished finish to the team.

Austin Sandmeyer: Media Relations Director

Served as a motivator and leader during meetings. He ensured that our conversation stayed on task, and that all tasks were completed before the meeting ended. He created the press release and worked with Media agents to ensure North Dakota State University and the team was displayed in the best possible light. 

Ben Walz: Project Coordinator

Created and organized a cohesive and robust uniform calendar which was able to ensure the team was following the Gantt chart developed by the other Project Coordinator. He displayed great thought and intuitive guidance with supreme understanding.