The slogan for the current Mauthe Center’s, Dinner with a Cause, Eat Well, event serves a double meaning. The donation-sponsored dinner not only offers a home-cooked meal for the campus community, but also has hopes of making a difference in the lives of African families.
This year, staff at the Mauthe Center has paired with The Water Project, a national organization, with the intent of raising enough money to build a well in Africa and that can provide clean water to those in need.
Students, staff and local community members are invited to dinner every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the MautheCenter. The meals served are free, but small donations for the cause are encouraged.
Marketing Coordinator for the Mauthe Center, Emily Garcia, expressed the impact the Eat Well campaign has had on those in need around the world.
“In May of 2010, the new staff at the Mauthe Center decided to make a difference in the lives of people who do not have clean water. Dinner with a Cause: Eat Well was born,” Garcia said. “We raised $5,000 during the 2010-11 academic year and we are currently using that money to build a well in Uganda.”
Garcia said the organization will continue to raise money and build more wells until clean water is no longer an issue.
“It is important for students to know they can make a difference now and that water, specifically how to share a limited resource, is the issue of their generation,” Garcia said. “UW-Green Bay is known as Eco-U and we are extending this tradition by creating an environment for our community to build a moral compass and address the issue of this generation.”
More than 150 students attended last week’s dinner, Sept. 27. According to Garcia, the numbers continue to grow with each passing week.
“The first week we served a spaghetti dinner and we had to add more tables because there were so many students,” said Emily Smith, intern at the Mauthe Center. “To see all the kids coming out for such a good cause was really cool.”
Many students enjoy the atmosphere and welcoming aura of the Tuesday night dinners.
“It’s free food, it’s good food and it feels like you’re at home,” said Pang Vang, freshman urban and regional studies major. “I don’t know what it is about the atmosphere, but I like it.”
Mauthe workers hope to inspire awareness and contribution to the well-being of the world population, while providing a way for students to learn about each other and themselves.
“Our expectation is simple,” Garcia said. “Come, enjoy each other’s company, build community and make a difference in the lives of people who currently do not have clean water.”