CUFO Departments Participate in Move-a-Thon Challenge to Support Columbia Community Service’s Fight Against Hunger

July 14, 2021
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In support of Columbia Community Service’s Fight Against Hunger, departments in Facilities and Operations participated in a move-a-thon from June 14 to July 2, with each person choosing their own method of movement or exercise, all to benefit local organizations fighting hunger.  

Coming in first place with a daily average of 12,007 steps was Planning and Capital Project Management. The Department of Public Safety came in second with an average 8,537 steps, with the Manhattanville Developmental Group trailing closely behind with an average of 7,800 average daily steps. After quickly surpassing the initial 3 million-step CUFO-wide goal within the first week, the organization completed more than 20.5 million steps by the challenge’s completion. 

In prior years, CUFO has hosted a basketball tournament to fundraise for the Fight against Hunger. Due to current limited capacity restrictions, the organization hosted this year’s challenge virtually, bringing together over 150 employees to compete in a friendly competition and raising over $1,000 for the cause. Donations are still open and can be made here

View list of departments and participants who have earned bragging rights below: 

Average Daily Steps: 

  1. Planning and Capital Project Management: 12,007 

  1. Public Safety: 8,537

  1. Manhattanville Developmental Group: 7,800

Highest Total Steps: 

  1. Manhattanville Operations: 5,679,140

  1. Morningside Operations: 3,303,470

  2. Finance and Administration: 2,800,104

Highest Total Minutes: 

  1. Manhattanville Operations 

  1. Finance and Administration 

  1. Columbia Residential 

Top 10 Individual Contributors: 

  1. Ramon Henry, Manhattanville Operations 

  1. Emilio Trejo, Columbia Residential 

  1. Monifa Smith-Zomar, CPM & Planning 

  1. Yanira Sanchez, Finance & Admin 

  1. Paul Gerardi,  Morningside Operations 

  1. Paulo Lina, Manhattanville Operations 

  1. Nasry Joseph, Manhattanville Development Group 

  1. Carola Martinez Finaly, Manhattanville Development Group 

  1. John Joyce, Manhattanville Operations 

  1. Ernesto Colorado, Morningside Operations 

Columbia Community Service (CCS) is one of the oldest and most visible manifestations of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College’s commitment to our surrounding communities. The CCS Annual Appeal connects the university community with ways to support our neighbors, including volunteer opportunities, becoming an ambassador, and special events like the Fight Against Hunger. This fall, CCS will enter its 75th year in support of food security, health, and education services in Harlem and Morningside Heights. Visit the Columbia Community Service website to learn more about their services and impact on our community.