University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

First CNHS Microphilanthropy Project Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Dylan Bellavance '12
Dylan Bellavance '12

CNHS grad Dylan Bellavance ’12 will be traveling to Vietnam in August thanks to dozens of donors who supported his cause. Through a microphilanthropy initiative sponsored by the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dylan raised $1,165 to fund his participation in Project Vietnam 2012. For two weeks Dylan will be working with people with disabilities in Saigon, using arts and movement to explore perspectives on ability and disability. The group of youth activists from across the country will also be training high school leaders to continue the work they start. The trip is organized by SEALNet, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the “spirit of service leadership among Southeast Asian communities in the U.S. and abroad.”

A total of 37 donors contributed funds to Dylan’s project, which is the first microphilanthropy initiative sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Microphilanthropy is a strategy for students to engage their community and alumni in funding special projects that benefit a local, regional, national or international service effort.  Thanks to donors’ generosity, Dylan surpassed his fundraising goal by $415. An Exercise and Movement Science major while at CNHS, Dylan plans to share stories and videos of his trip when he returns.