Dodgeville, WI, February 18, 2014
By: Mary Henkin, Project HOPE volunteer
Jenny Singer of Dodgeville, WI wants to dedicate her life to helping others

Not many college freshmen have a clear plan of what they intend to do when they graduate.  But Jenny Singer has known she wants to dedicate her life to helping others since she was very young.

Jenny, 18, from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, is a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Rochester, where she majors in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  When she was accepted to the university, she searched for a cause worthy of her care and enthusiasm.  Jenny learned about Project HOPE through a flier at a local clinic. After researching the organization, she knew Project HOPE was exactly what she was looking for. “I fell in love with Project HOPE’s mission to provide medical relief,” Jenny said.

Once Jenny earns her degree, she hopes to use her medical training to volunteer with Project HOPE at one of the organization’s program sites in the developing world, a desire she even wrote about in a college scholarship essay.

In the meantime, Jenny is spreading Project HOPE’s message however she can.  During her winter break, she visited Dodgeville Middle School in her hometown to tell students about Project HOPE’s mission and current medical assistance work in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

“I want to be able to help in any way I can - whether big or small,” said Jenny.  “I figured I could spread the message of Project HOPE by speaking to these kids, who are about to go into high school, about getting involved.  Everybody has the ability to make a difference - regardless of his or her age.”

Jenny raised $1,075 to support Project HOPE’s relief and recovery work in the Philippines by setting up a HELP Bring HOPE to the Philippines personal fundraising page on the Project HOPE website.  She received many donations from other students at her college, even from those she did not know very well. “It’s amazing,” she said. “Once people have the opportunity to give, they will.”

“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to get involved with Project HOPE right away,” said Jenny.  “Setting up my own fundraising page was the perfect way to get involved, even with my busy college schedule.”  If you want to give to support Jenny’s efforts, please visit her fundraising page here.

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